Golden State Warriors' Thompson moves with the basketball while Indiana Pacers' George defends him during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

Klay Thompson’s dad will cut his allowance after league fine. I’m not kidding.


Klay Thompson is 23, a part of the young core of the Golden State Warriors, a guy who already is considered one of the league’s better shooters. He’s still on his rookie deal, so he’s “only” going to make $2.2 million this season, and not much more next season.

He’s going to make a little less this week — the league fined Thompson $35,000 for his involvement in the dust up with the Pacers this week.

But Klay won’t notice because doesn’t get his bi-weekly checks from the Warriors anyway — they go to his father, Mychal, who gives him a weekly allowance. Seriously. And is dad is going to cut his allowance after that fine. Just for the record again, Klay is 23.

Mychal — the former No. 1 overall pick and part of the Showtime Lakers who is now a Lakers radio broadcaster — has said on the air in Los Angeles more than once that he gets Klay’s checks and puts them in the bank then gives his son a $300 a week in spending money. The elder Thompson takes care of all the bills. had excerpts of a recent Mychal radio broadcast talking about his son’s finances.

“He will [figure it out] when he sees that cash envelope show up a little short this week,” said Mychal, a two-time NBA champion in his own right.

Mychal, while watching the ruckus unfold, was hoping Klay wouldn’t lose his temper and get involved.

“Then Roy Hibbert turned his back & [Klay] was like ‘now’s my chance’!” Mychal said. “I was like ‘you idiot’!”

On some level, I wish more parents would do this for their NBA player sons — or could be trusted to do it without blowing the money. Far too many NBA players start living like they’re Jay-Z once the game checks start rolling in, living basically paycheck-to-paycheck. The average NBA player is in the league less than five years, those checks dry up and then there is nothing left. It would be great if someone helped more of those young players build for their futures (some do, it should be noted).

But Klay Thompson has not only his rookie deal but also a couple nice contracts coming after that — if you can shoot the rock you can play in the league a long time. Klay is averaging 16.2 points per game this season (better than his father’s career average of 13.7) and is shooting 38.1 percent from three (but just 41.4 percent overall). At some point, once there is a nice next egg built up, Klay should take charge of his own finances. Just an idea.

Kristaps Porzingis grew up a Kobe fan. Still is one.


When you hear player comparisons for Knicks rookie, the most common is Dirk Nowitzki — a European big with ridiculous shooting range and potential to embarrass anyone.

So did he grow up idolizing Dirk? Not so much.

Rather, like many of his generation, he grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant, he told Mike Francesa of WFAN.

“My favorite player growing up was Kobe. The Lakers were my team and I still love him.”

There is an entire generation of NBA players — and just fans — who would say the same thing.

In the interview, Porzingis laments his missed shots and turnovers, he thinks he can be a lot better. That is exactly what you want out of a rookie. It’s a huge adjustment playing at the NBA level, the speed of the game and IQ is a leap from Europe (or college). Recognizing the challenge is part of it.

There’s a lot to like in Porzingis. He could be special (we don’t know yet, we see only the potential). But idolizing Kobe — and if you understand the work he put in, the passion for the game — can be a good start.

(Hat tip NBA reddit)

Warriors’ interim coach Luke Walton’s car stolen

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If you’re looking for a “when are things going to go wrong for the Warriors” moment, we have one for you. But it may not be what you had hoped for.

Warriors’ interim head coach Luke Walton — the guy on the sidelines for the 15 (soon to be 16) game winning streak — had his car stolen during a crime spree, reports

One of the cars stolen during an Oakland Hills crime spree belongs to Golden State Warriors coach Luke Walton, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said late Monday.

Walton’s Mercedes Benz was stolen Tuesday by two suspects, who police believe are also responsible for a violent attack on a 75-year-old woman outside her home on Thursday. The suspects also took the woman’s car during the attack, according to police.

Yikes. That’s serious.

I’m sure Steve Kerr has like 14 cars, he can loan one to Walton.

Pacers guard George Hill returns Tuesday against Wizards

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pacers guard George Hill returned to the lineup Tuesday night against Washington after missing three games with an upper respiratory infection.

Hill is averaging 14 points and just under 37 minutes in 10 games this season. He was on the bench in case of emergency in Saturday’s victory over Milwaukee.

Coach Frank Vogel said Tuesday Hill’s infection had improved “to the point where he’s fine to play,” but would keep an eye out for fatigue after an 11-day layoff.

Hassan Whiteside on intentional fouls: “It’s not working, so keep fouling me”

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Remember how Adam Silver was preaching that the league didn’t want to change the intentional foul rule — the hack-a-Shaq strategy — because it was really about two players (DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard) and a handful of others now and then. The fact that it’s not basketball didn’t matter.

Well, it’s not just two — Miami’s Hassan Whiteside has gotten the treatment this season. He’s a 53.4 percent free throw shooter this season.

And he says bring it on. From Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post:

“I’m enjoying this,” he said. “Foul me so I can get a double-double and we can win. It’s not working, so keep fouling me.”

He’s even smart at not getting fouled.

Whiteside also is liking that teams are looking at their options against the best defense in the NBA — yes, Miami at 94 points allowed per 100 possessions, is the best defense in the NBA right now — and deciding to attack Whiteside.

“There’s teams that’s out there that say ‘Stay away from Hassan,’ and there’s teams that say, ‘We don’t care if Hassan’s down there. Attack Hassan.’ I love them teams that do that. God bless them coaches. I love them teams.”

Whiteside is not as great a defender as the block totals would indicate — if he doesn’t see a block in it, his rotations can be a bit slow. One scout recently called him a selfish defender to me recently, suggesting he is in it for the numbers, not the sacrifices needed for an elite defense. True or not, the Heat have an elite defense and Whiteside is at the heart of it.

And if the strategy is to try to exploit him, Whiteside plans to make people pay.