Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole and the embrace that illustrates the new Warriors hierarchy – The Athletic

SAN FRANCISCO — When it was over, after the comeback was officially wrapped up after hot gunfire burned away the fog of panic that hung over the franchise, Klay Thompson began to strut. With his characteristic swing, like a pendulum swinging to the rhythm of time, he wandered to the other end of the courtyard. He stopped to hug jazz guard Donovan Mitchell a few yards from the 3-point line, then stalked on.

Finally, in front of the jubilant Warriors bench, surrounded by the chaos of the celebrations, Thompson reached his goal: the arms of Jordan Poole.

The 6ft 7 Legend and the 6ft 5 Blooming Star. They hugged like reuniting friends. Amidst the euphoria of Golden State’s 111-107 win, Thompson hugged Poole. Eyes closed and a big grin, Poole rested his head on Thompson’s right shoulder and drew in the big brother’s approval. It was a feel-good moment to cap off the best night the Warriors have had at home in weeks.

“JP has so much to do for us during this time without Steph,” Thompson said on the post-game broadcast. “And I just gave him a hug because I was like, ‘I appreciate you bro.’ Having to handle the ball, leaving screens – that’s exhausting. For a young man who’s embracing it the way he did, I’m just incredibly proud of him.”

It was touching because of the context. Their respective trajectories seemed to collide this season. Poole was the bloomer.

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