If you’ve watched a fair number of Warriors games this season, chances are you’ve made fun of Klay Thompson at some point. It’s just what happens when you watch someone who is so frustratingly inconsistent.
Now here’s a story that will let you make fun of him even more—not because it has to do with Thompson bricking more layups, but because it’s just so damn comically embarrassing.
Some background to start with. On Tuesday the shooting guard was fined $35,000 by the NBA for his role in Tuesday’s Warriors-Pacers fracas. Thompson’s father, former NBA player and current Lakers radio analyst, Mychal Thompson talked about how pissed off he was about the incident when asked about it on ESPN 710 and shared the details of his son’s financial situation, which Klay probably would prefer be kept under wraps. From Believe the Hype:
This was the first time that Klay has ever been fined for an on court indiscretion in his NBA career & the consequences will be more noticeable to him than just the $35K fine. The 23-year-old doesn’t have access to his money, all cheques are paid to Mychal & Julie who take care of his accounts for him to make sure Klay’s financial situation is set up for his post NBA career.
So, naturally, Papa Thompson’s going to teach Klay a lesson of his own by fining him personally also, however, Klay will find out the old fashioned way.
“He will [find out he's been fined by us] when he sees that cash envelope show up a little short this week,” he said.
OK, let’s break this down to simpler terms: Klay Thompson’s parents control his bank account; Klay Thompson’s parents do not let him access said bank account; therefore the sole source of income for Klay Thompson, 23, is a weekly allowance from his parents.
How much is that allowance? Glad you asked:
“Rent is $3K… Walking around money $300 a week…” Mychal explained.
So, for whatever reason, Klay Thompson’s parents don’t trust him with millions of dollars. They don’t even give him enough money each week to buy an iPad. They probably think he’ll end up being like the kid from “Blank Check”:
Which, lets be honest, would probably be the most Klay Thompson thing ever.
Klay might burn through his money on copious amounts of ice cream, pizza, candy and comic books if his parents didn’t intervene. That’s solid parenting, if you ask me. So, essentially, Mychal and Julie Thompson possibly view their son as a stereotype for a 12-year-old boy.
Anyway, this all came out because Mychal was heated after seeing what Klay did (which really wasn’t much other than a one-handed shove on Roy Hibbert). Here’s Mychal on what went through his head when he saw the melee go down:
“I saw Klay mixed up in the beginning, tied up with George Hill,” Mychal said. “I say to myself, don’t do nothing stupid now, don’t throw a punch, don’t throw the ball at anybody.”
“Then Roy Hibbert turned his back & [Klay] was like ‘now’s my chance’!”
“I was like ‘you idiot’!”
He then went onto say that he recorded the incident to show his wife Julie who was out at the Cheesecake Factory buying Mychal Thompson some salmon for dinner. When she got home he said, “sit down & watch your dumb son”
“She got a kick out of it,” he continued, “She thought it was funny”.
Also, more on Klay’s allowance:
But what if Klay wanted to take a girl out on a nice date?
“Go to Langers in Oakland… Go to the grocery store & get a nice [bottle of wine] for $30…”
What about the corkage fee?
“Sit in the car & drink it.”
Klay Thompson’s dad is the best. Wouldn’t want him as my dad, though.