After Kevin Durant announced his decision to join the Golden State Warriors, new teammate and longtime friend Draymond GreentoldThe Vertical's Michael Lee, “I’d sacrifice everything for championships. When you win, you don’t really sacrifice anything because everybody gets love when you win." Green's willingness to take a backseat is admirable, but the greatest sacrifice will need to be done by one of their three best scorers: Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson.
With KD and Steph considered by many to be two of the greatest players in the league today, all signs point to Thompson being the one who will need to take a lesser role in the Warriors' offense. However, Klay not only sees it playing out quite differently, he feels "disrespected" by the notion. “I feel kind of disrespected that people keep using the term sacrifice to describe me and describe us,” Thompson told Shams Charania of The Vertical. “We all want to see each other do well. But I’m not sacrificing [expletive], because my game isn’t changing. I’m still going to try to get buckets, hit shots, come off screens. I want to win and have a fun time every game we play."
Durant also doesn't want Thompson to make sacrifices either. “We want Klay to stay Klay,” KD toldThe Vertical. “We don’t want him to change. The games dictate where the shots come from. I may shoot 12 shots one night; Klay may shoot eight or nine shots one night, and Steph may shoot 25 shots one night. And it could be a different flow another night.”
So far, it appears that everyone on the Warriors is on the same page, but things can play out differently once they get out on the court. Whether this superteam does well or even better than expected, it's going to be fun to watch.
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