Careers & Jobs
Real Estate & Rentals
Full MSN Index
CF.C Luxury Suites
Klay grabs big $, but still a rook
Cougfan.com Senior Correspondent
Posted Dec 14, 2011
KLAY THOMPSON became a multimillionaire Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean the former Washington State basketball star won’t be subject to the traditional NBA rookie ritual of carrying a goofy-looking children’s backpack filled with snacks and other items that his Golden State teammates might want on command.
“If I’m in Oakland with that on, don’t hate; I can’t help it,”
joked with the media.
Thompson signed a four-year, $10.4 million contract, according to the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times. Only the first two years are guaranteed, and Thompson will make slightly less than $2.2 million this year, the Times reported.
“Signing a contract, that was a monumental moment in my life,” Thompson said. “I’ve been dreaming of that my whole life.”
Thompson, the son of former NBA star Mychal Thompson, grew up around NBA players. He bypassed his senior year of college to enter the NBA draft this season, and he was drafted 11th overall.
New Golden State coach Mark Jackson said Thompson is “a big-time talent” who will play “right away. There’s no question about it. He’s that good.”
“Mark Jackson saying something like that is just real humbling,” Thompson said.
Thompson, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard, appears set to open the season as one of Golden State’s top reserves.
“A lot of kids get drafted and they have to sit a year, a year and a half,” Thompson said. “If I can do that (play a key reserve role right away), that’d be very special.”
Klay Thompson making early impact in NBA
Feb 18, 2012
Klay Thompson looking at Europe
Aug 24, 2011
What They're Saying: Klay to Warriors Edition
Jun 24, 2011
2014 Scout.com Recruiting Yearbook
with an annual Total Access Pass
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from Cougfan.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a
list of all Team Newsletters
Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to
View My HotList
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to
Basketball > Santa Margarita Catholic HS > Alumni
View My HotList
Copyright © 2014 Scout.com.
All rights reserved.
Terms of Service
Junior College Football
Advertise on MSN
About our ads
© 2014 Microsoft