Mychal Thompson made some bold statements Monday morning.
Most notably, the Lakers great and father of Klay Thompson told KNBR the Warriors will undoubtedly go down as the greatest team in NBA history if they finish perfect in the playoffs.
“Oh, are you kidding me? If these guys win two more games, the debate is over: best team ever,” said Mychal Thompson, now an ESPN Radio host in Los Angeles. “If they can go 16-0 in the playoffs? I mean c’mon. I played on some great Lakers teams and we never came close to do anything like this, or any team has. So if they can win two more games… to me — and I will shout it from the highest mountaintops, even in Laker Land if I have to — this will be the greatest team in history. If they can pull it off.”
That is a big proclamation and a big if, especially considering the Cavaliers host Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals this week after upending the Warriors in last year’s Finals. But Thompson did not stop there.
Asked how many championships the Warriors can win moving forward, Thompson quintupled down.
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“If they win this one, they are on their way. I don’t see anybody beating this team in four or five years,” Thompson said. “The way they are constructed and how they play together and how young they are…”
Thompson twice won NBA titles with the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s and can envision such a run by the Dubs: “Nine years, win five or six championships,” he said.
And what is Golden State doing so well in this particular series against the Cavs?
“The Warriors’ team defense has been amazing,” Thompson said. “These guys are active, they’re challenging shots, they’re closing out (and) cutting off driving lanes, for the most part. So they’re making it very difficult. … Now, let’s see if it can continue on Wednesday and Friday night. If they play that kind of team defense, that lock-down D, and don’t turn the ball over, the game will be closer but they’ll be right there in the fourth quarter ready to win it and sew up this series.”
Another bold statement by Thompson: Klay has already surpassed his career achievements “10-fold.”
“He’s been a multiple time All-Star, he’s got two gold medals, hopefully he’ll have two championships,” Mychal Thompson said of his son. “God-willing, if he stays healthy, he’s going to be in the Hall of Fame. Are you kidding me? I’m a 12th man compared to Klay.”