Steve Kerr believes Klay Thompson’s incredible game-winning performances coming off the bench is a ‘luxury’ for the Warriors amid trade talks

Klay Thompson performed well against the Washington Wizards.


Steve Kerr believes Klay Thompson’s incredible game-winning performances coming off the bench is a ‘luxury’ for the Warriors amid trade talks

Steve Kerr and Klay Thompson (Image via ClutchPoints)

The Golden State Warriors need their players to step up after having a miserable start. Klay Thompson received his fair share of blame for the Warriors’ struggles. He started from the bench once more after head coach Steve Kerr reassessed his tactics. And this time, Klay led the Golden State Warriors to a vital victory as the Dubs defeated the Washington Wizards in an away game.

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Thompson has not come off the bench since his rookie days. However, that changed against the Utah Jazz on the 16th of February. Nevertheless, Thompson showcased his prowess once again. Against the Wizards, he topped the players’ statistics charts with 25 points, three rebounds, and four assists, after which Steve Kerr was quick to give Klay his flowers. This came after his impressive performance of seven 3-pointers and a season-high 35 points against the Jazz.

Stephen Curry remains the only consistent player for the Warriors. However, he needs someone else to step up. It came in the form of Klay Thompson against the Wizards. Reporters asked Steve Kerr about Thompson’s impact coming from the bench. This is what he said:

What a luxury to come off the bench with Chris Paul and Klay Thompson. I mean that's crazy. I think I’ve said this before the game, it feels like we’ve kind of found a nice combination of starting group that we’ve been able to count on.
Steve Kerr via the post-game interview

Kerr benched Thompson due to his inconsistent performances. Following a tactical change, the Dubs have started to turn their season around. Consistency is key and Thompson’s impact off the bench could help them in their bid to qualify for the playoffs.

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Coach Steve Kerr agrees to a new two-year contract extension

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr signed a two-year contract extension worth $35 million. The new deal keeps him with the team until the 2025-26 season. As a result, it made him the highest earning coach in the NBA. As long as Steph Curry is around, Steve Kerr remains the best possible option to help the Warriors win another title.

Steve Kerr's contract extension with Golden State Warriors makes him the highest-paid NBA coach in league history
Steve Kerr’s contract extension with Golden State Warriors makes him the highest-paid NBA coach (image via Golden State Warriors/X)

Kerr talked about the contract extension on Tuesday in Washington. This is what the head coach said:

I was never worried about anything. I knew I wanted to come back. (Owner) Joe (Lacob) made it clear he wanted me back, and we worked it out and I couldn’t be more excited.
Steve Kerr via media interview before Wizards – Warriors game

Under Steve Kerr’s leadership, the Golden State Warriors reached new heights in their franchise history. They dominated the 2010s under his tenure. Steph Curry blossomed into a Michael Jordan-like figure for the Warriors. Four championship rings sound excellent and their dedication to win another was why the Warriors ownership extender Kerr’s contract.

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