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Ronnie2K fires back at Klay Thompson after he complained about his NBA 2K23 rating

"Even though Klay said that he hadn't played NBA2K since the Dreamcast, the fact that he cares about his rating so much, I know that that's not true."
Klay Thompson offers stinging words to the bandwagon fans

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It's no secret that NBA players are competitive. They want to be the best at everything they do, on and off the court. That's why it came as no surprise when Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson complained about his rating in the latest NBA 2K game. But what was surprising was the response he got from Ronnie2K, a representative for 2K Sports.

Video game ratings beef

Thompson, widely considered the second-greatest three-point shooter of all time, was certainly not happy with his 88-three-point rating in NBA 2K23. His rating has him tied for second-best in the game with three other players: Kevin Durant, Desmond Bane, and Luke Kennard. His teammate and fellow Splash Brother Steph Curry is far and away the game's best with a 99. This prompted Thompson to blast the game and call its creators "bums."

Ronnie Singh, more popularly known as "Ronnie 2K" in the gaming community, is the digital marketing director at 2K. He's also the public face of the NBA franchise and often interacts with players, fans, and media on social media. So when he saw Thompson's tweet about his rating, he decided to respond.

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"Even though Klay said that he hadn't played NBA2K since the Dreamcast, the fact that he cares about his rating so much, I know that that's not true," Singh said on Sports Illustrated. "I can see his gamer tag; he plays it just plenty."

"But I also think him in specific, he was really upset about an 88 3-point rating. But you know what the funny thing is? That was still tied for the second-highest rating. I think that's part of the issue of having a teammate that's leaps and bounds ahead of everybody, like how do you deal with that?"

Real basketball awaits

Truth be told, Thompson has more pertinent concerns at the moment than his rating in a video game. The Warriors are set to start their title defense next month, beginning with a highly-anticipated season-opener against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 32-year-old is looking forward to playing his first full basketball season after returning from ACL and Achilles injuries during the 2021-2022 season. He played in just 31 games last season, averaging 21.5 points, shooting 40.2 percent from three-point range, and at times, struggling mightily on the defensive end of the floor.

Still, it's good to see that he's still got his competitive fire burning. And who knows? Maybe he'll use his low rating as motivation to come out and prove the game's creators wrong. We'll just have to wait and see.

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