Klay Thompson interrupted contract-extension negotiations because he wanted to play with his dog

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Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson plays with his dog, Rocco, at Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle

(Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle)

Klay Thompson signed a four-year, $70 million contract extension with the Warriors, but for a while, the deal hardly seemed inevitable. In fact, it seemed outright unlikely at times.

But Thompson kept his eye on the prize: his dog.

Rusty Simmons of SFGate:

The Warriors were crossing t’s and dotting i’s on Klay Thompson’s $70 million contract extension last month when the 24-year-old hit general manager Bob Myers with a peculiar question.

Thompson wanted to know how much longer the proceedings might take.

“We were trying to get the contract signed, and all he wanted to do was go home to his dog,” Myers said.

To truly know the Warriors’ newly minted shooting guard — the one many believe might be the league’s best two-way player at his position — you first have to know his beloved English bulldog, Rocco.

when he’s not working on his game, Thompson usually can be found with his dog — curled up together watching basketball on TV or playing seemingly choreographed games of fetch while taking carefree walks through the Cesar Chavez dog park in Berkeley.

The above photo is one many. Do yourself a favor and click through to see the entire gallery.

Hopefully, Rocco is better at fetching than these dogs: