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Klay Thompson, with all his usual self-effacing charm, doesn’t mind admitting something many NBA players would be loathe to say: Dunking is super hard.
The Warriors’ most unintentionally hilarious star made an endearing appearance on SportsCenter after the team’s easy Game 1 victory over the Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. Host Scott Van Pelt took the opportunity to tease Thompson about his dunking technique.
“There’s this weird thing you do at the last minute,” Van Pelt said, referring to Thompson’s awkward one-handed throw-down.
“Aw man, Scott. I don’t know. I know what you’re talking about,” Thompson said. “It’s kind of like a momentum thing, bringing yourself to the rim. And I’m not the biggest leaper so I need as much momentum as I can possibly get.
“I just get so happy when I get a dunk, man. It’s a rare occurrence. Tonight I got one. I looked up at my family and I was pumped.”
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Dunks are actually becoming less rare for Thompson, who has 24 this season, three more than his previous career high. He only had five in the 2016-17 season, so that momentum technique seems to be doing the trick.
“Hopefully I can have more attempts like that throughout the series,” Thompson told Van Pelt. “Because those really make me happy.”
Thompson will have more opportunities to make himself and Warriors fans happy Thursday night; Golden State takes on Portland in Game 2 at 6 p.m.