Klay Thompson Had the Saddest Walk Back to Locker Room After Possibly Last Game With Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors’ postseason hopes deflated with a quiet hiss in Tuesday night’s loss to the Sacramento Kings. In the resulting silence stood Klay Thompson, a four-time NBA champion and the biggest question on Golden State’s roster this summer.

After Thompson’s scoreless outing in the Warriors’ 118-94 play-in tournament defeat to the Kings, the four-time NBA champion didn’t drop his head or make any antagonizing remarks to the Sacramento crowd. 

As his teammates started making their way back to the locker room, Thompson stood by himself on the court for a moment, towel draped around his shoulders, and looked around Golden 1 Center soaking in what could be his final game as a Warrior.

In Tuesday’s loss, Thompson went 0-for-10 in 31 minutes, recording his second scoreless game under coach Steve Kerr. The 34-year-old is coming off a career-low season in which he averaged 17.9 points per game and shot 38.7% from three; in February, he was benched for the first time since his rookie season. Several years removed from his two major leg injuries in 2019 and ‘20, Thompson is set to hit free agency this summer.

Thompson is expected to speak to the media along with other Warriors players in the season-ending press conferences on Wednesday.

Kristen Wong


Kristen Wong is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. She has been a sports journalist since 2020. Before joining SI, Kristen covered four NFL teams as an associate editor with the FanSided NFL Network and worked as a staff writer for the brand’s flagship site. She has written about soccer, the NFL, NBA, and MLB since 2020, and outside of work, has dreams of running her own sporty dive bar.