Published On: Fri, Aug 19th, 2016

Klay excited about KD, but still haunted by Finals collapse

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When you’re part of the worst collapse in NBA Finals history, no measure of offseason excitement can erase the sour taste in your mouth, something Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors have learned all too well.

Thompson and the 73-win Warriors are over the moon about their acquisition of four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, but even that can’t remedy the pain of June’s Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“We added Kevin and I couldn’t be more excited about our future and what could happen, but it;ll take a long time to get over that loss, man,” Thompson told GQ’s Alex Wong. “It was hard. Especially being up 3-1, and how good we felt like we were, we controlled our own destiny and we didn’t get it done. But that’s life, it’s basketball, it wasn’t in the cards. It’s going to take a long time to get over that, man. You always think about the one possession that could have changed it. It came down to the last three minutes for us to be back-to-back champions.

“I’m not going to say (the disappointment) outweighs getting Kevin,” Thompson added. “Because it’s two completely different circumstances. It’s still fresh in my mind to be honest and it will be until we get that opportunity again.”

Provided the Warriors stay relatively healthy, it’s tough to imagine the team not getting that opportunity again, as Golden State will become the first team in NBA history to feature four All-NBA members from the previous season.

For now, Thompson will have to settle for the opportunity to win Olympic gold for his country, as the U.S. men’s basketball team will play for what can be argued is Rio’s most prized medal Sunday afternoon.

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