Even in triumph, in a moment of pure bliss— minutes after winning the 2022 NBA Championship— it came to light that the Memphis Grizzlies are living rent-free in the head of Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors.
Sitting in front of members of the media, replete with a championship hat and smile on his face, felt the need to share the contents of a tweet he saw from Jaren Jackson Jr. a few months ago that didn’t sit too well with him.
In what should have been a moment of euphoria, Thompson decided to throw some shade at Jackson and the Memphis Grizzlies.
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Thompson, in his post-game comments, brought up something that gave him a little extra motivation during the playoffs.
“There was this one player on the Grizzlies who tweeted ‘strength in numbers’ after they beat us in the regular season,” Thompson said. “And it pissed me off so much. I can’t wait to retweet that thing. Freakin’ bum.”
That wasn’t enough. Tell us how you really feel, Klay.
“Like, this freakin’ clown,” Thompson said before trying in a futile attempt to reel himself in.
“Ok. Ok. Ok. Sorry. Bad memory just popped up— You’re gonna mock us? Like, you ain’t never been there before, bruh. We’ve been there. We know what it takes. So, to be here again. Hold that,” Thompson said proudly.
While Thompson has had a long road back to playing the game of basketball after numerous injuries and setbacks the past couple of years, there’s really no need for him to waste his time complaining about a young, scrappy team that’s exceeded expectations in each of the past three seasons.
The Grizzlies play with a swagger. They play with a chip on their shoulder. Of course, they’re going to be pumped up when they beat a team that’s won multiple championships and had multiple MVP trophy winners on its roster.
Guys like Thompson and Stephen Curry kept peddling a narrative throughout the playoffs that no one thought they’d be here— that they have somehow been an underdog with two of the best shooters of all time, an all-time great coaching staff, and a 7x All-Defense player in Draymond Green.
Now, Thompson is essentially mad that he was disrespected by someone he views as beneath him. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t run with the underdog narrative and then boast that “all we do is shoot threes and win championships.”
Grizzlies fans do take satisfaction that instead of basking in climbing the mountain (yet again), Klay Thompson was really thinking about how much Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., and the rest of the Memphis Grizzlies have gotten under his skin these past few seasons, apparently living rent-free in his head.
What will be even more satisfying than living rent-free in the mind of the Golden State Warriors hive is when Grizz fans hear “Whoop That Trick” play inside FedEx Forum after finishing the job against the Warriors in next year’s playoffs.