Klay Thompson tweets apology after criticizing Warriors fans
Klay Thompson took to Twitter Wednesday to issue an apology for criticizing Golden State Warriors fans over their lack of enthusiasm during Sunday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns.
In the tweet, Thompson praised “DubNation” as the “greatest fan base in sports” and that he “meant no disrespect” with his comments.
I love DubNation. We have the greatest fan base in sports. We feed greatly off their energy in Oracle and I meant no disrespect. #timetogotowork #roadwarriors— klay thompson (@KlayThompson) March 13, 2019
Following Sunday’s listless 115-111 loss to the bottom-feeding Suns, Thompson ripped the energy level inside Oracle Arena.
Klay wants more energy from Oracle. pic.twitter.com/P9yLt2ZAak— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 11, 2019
“I expect our crowd to be little more into it too,” Thompson said. “Like, I know it’s not the playoffs, but it is our last go-around at Oracle. Least you can stand up or something when we make a good play, especially in the beginning. We need that energy, especially this time of the year. It’s hard to conjure up energy every single night ’cause you’re looking forward to the playoffs and that run.”
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said earlier this week he could see where Thompson was coming from, especially in light of how the team has not been at its dominant best at Oracle Arena, nor has the team showcased its best stuff at home for the fans.
Making matters worse from that perspective, the Warriors are closing out Oracle this season, as the team will open the billion-dollar Chase Center next season in San Francisco.
Kerr lamented the Warriors’ uncharacteristic struggles at home this season last week while stating the onus is on the team to send the arena out in style.
That said, the Warriors have posted a 24-10 home record. Golden State has never dropped more than 12 games at home during the team’s dynastic era.
While Thompson may regret his comments, and whether they stemmed from frustration over the Warriors’ substandard play at Oracle or not he should have known nothing good ever comes out of calling out one’s own fan base.