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Klay Thompson Reveals Kobe Bryant's Impact on Him as a Teenager

Adam Taylor McKillop
Klay Thompson reveals the impact that Kobe Bryant had on him as a teenager.
Klay Thompson reveals the impact that Kobe Bryant had on him as a teenager. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors appear to be on a crash-course collision with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2021 NBA Playoffs Play-In Tournament. Golden State sits at 37-33 and the current 8-seed in the Western Conference playoff picture. This could mean a trip to the Staples Center to take on the current 7-seed Lakers.

For Thompson, throughout his career he's played numerous times at the Staples Center. But, after the tragic passing of his childhood idol Kobe Bryant last year, a trip to the Staples Center for playoff basketball may hold a little more weight than usual for Thompson even if he's currently sidelined.

A recent article discussed the overall impact that Bryant had on the NBA's grouping of current superstars, including Thompson.

Thompson discussed hanging around the parking lot after Lakers games while he was in high school. His father, Mychal, was a former Laker who worked for the radio broadcast at the time. But, for Klay, it was all about getting a glimpse at his idol in Bryant.

"Him just knowing my name was enough for me to tell people he was my good friend," explained Thompson. The current Warriors shooting guard also detailed a night early in his career in which he put up 40-plus points on the Lakers. Bryant approached him after the game to give him praise. "...for him to come over and dap me up, I remember it like it was yesterday.”

Bryant, one of the greatest NBA players in recent memory, continues to have a huge impact on the group of current NBA stars.

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