Klay Thompson was in a major shooting slump to start out the season with the Golden State Warriors, looking out of place with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.

Thompson started out the season so poorly that many wondered if he should be traded. Former NBA player and Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine was in the news after speaking about a rumor of the shooting guard being traded to the Boston Celtics.

Thompson, of course, shut everyone up after his legendary 60-point game against the Indiana Pacers recently.

In a Q&A with ESPN, he addressed Scalabrine and the Celtics trade rumor:
“[Warriors coach] Steve [Kerr] and [GM] Bob [Myers] came up to me and told me it was nonsense. I don’t really try to pay too much mind, because I know how the media circuits work these days. Now is a 24-hour news cycle, so you gotta pump out some stories, and it just didn’t bother me too much.

“I knew that when you’re not playing as well as you should, there’s always going to be speculation, so I let people speculate, let the media speculate. It’s fine with us. But I was like, ‘Wow, this is early. We haven’t even played 10 games yet. Can a man get a season before these rumors start?’

“I knew the answer to that, but it didn’t bother me too much … because it came from Scal [Brian Scalabrine]. How reliable is Scal? Let’s be honest, you know? … I tried to find him in Boston, but I couldn’t find him. Scal was ducking me. It’s all right, though. I’ll see him in Oracle. But, yeah, it wasn’t a big deal. I mean, wishful thinking on Scal’s part, so I wasn’t too upset about it.”
Looking forward to when the two end up meeting face-to-face.

-- Josh Dhani


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