Despite an unusually turbulent season for the Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson continues to score at his expected prolific rate. The former No. 11 overall pick overcame a slow start and is currently scoring 22.9 points per game.
Even if he avoids testing free agency and stays with Golden State after this season, Thompson won't hear those cheers in Oakland's Oracle Arena beyond next summer either way, as the Warriors are moving into a state-of-the-art arena in San Francisco starting in 2019-20.
With his time at the O running ever-shorter, Klay took the time to reflect on the building he's called home for eight seasons.
Klay Thompson's love letter to Oakland https://t.co/8NNXkE0slG— Ann Killion (@annkillion) November 28, 2018
Throughout the course of the interview, Thompson seemed equal parts melancholic about losing Oracle Arena and optimistic about how the experience will translate to San Francisco for the players and the fans.
"We’re so blessed with the crowd we always have," Thompson said. "It’s so easy to get up when there’s 20,000 people here every night and we’re selling out, I don’t take it for granted.
Knowing I was here when we kind of built this thing, it makes me enjoy it even more."
After years of falling short in the playoffs, the Warriors dynasty has made Oracle Arena into one of the most potent home-court advantages in the NBA. A major chunk of Warriors history is being left on the other side of the Bay Bridge, so it's hard to blame Klay for feeling sentimental.