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Klay Thompson looks back on the empty arena last summer during ring night speech - “Man, it could use a banner!”

Klay Thompson reminisced on seeing an empty arena last summer and wanting to raise a banner in the rafters.
Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson

The Golden State Warriors are on top of the world right now, especially after the players got their championship rings on Tuesday. Klay Thompson made sure to give some love to the fans. The former All-Star also shared his memories of an empty Chase Center last summer.

"Wow, Dub Nation, Imma keep it short and sweet," Thompson said. "But we love you with all our hearts. Me and [James] Wiseman were in here a summer ago just looking at this empty arena like, 'Man, it could use a banner.' The vision came to fruition, and now we're here."

Hanging a championship banner

The Warriors are playing in just their fourth season at Chase Center in San Francisco. Before moving to the Mission Bay neighborhood, the team had made its home in Oakland for 48 years.

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Fans are likely delighted that it took only three years for Thompson and the franchise to raise a championship banner in the rafters of the new arena.

The ceremony occurred before Golden State faced off versus the Los Angeles Lakers for the season opener. Incidentally, the first-ever official basketball game in the arena was a preseason matchup between the same two teams.

Two-peat quest is off to a good start

The Warriors will look to repeat as champions this season, and the title defense is off to a rousing start. They convincingly defeated Los Angeles 123-109. Steph Curry led his team with 33 points, with Andrew Wiggins and Thompson adding 20 and 18 points, respectively.

Golden State endured a drama-filled offseason, which the team clearly wants to move on from. The players getting their rings and the team getting the win are effective ways to do just that.

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