June 19, 2016
Mychal Thompson chuckled.
It was his way of trying to settle his emotions before heading to Oracle Arena to watch his son, Warriors guard Klay Thompson, play in the most meaningful game of his life.
Mychal Thompson was about 10 minutes away from heading to Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers when he told The Times in a short interview Sunday that he indeed was nervous.
“Are you kidding me? This is a toss-up right now even though we’re at home,” Thompson said. “The Cavs have regained the momentum. So, yeah, I’m nervous.”
When he won two of his NBA championships with the Lakers in the 80s, Thompson and the Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons in Game 7 at the Forum in 1988.
“So when you’re involved, you have something to do with the outcome,” said Thompson, the radio commentator for the Lakers. “All I can do is be a dad tonight. That’s what makes it worse.”
It is Father’s Day and Thompson said nothing would be better than to have Klay give him a championship as a present.
The two have talked, but the father said he didn’t want to fill his son’s head with too much.
“I want everybody to be as healthy as they can be on both teams,” Thompson said. “But I do want that Father’s Day gift.”
He chuckled again.
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