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Klay Thompson to serve as sideline reporter for Warriors-Bulls tilt

Klay Thompson will make his season debut on Wednesday night, but it won’t come while wearing a Golden State Warriors uniform. Instead, Thompson, likely out for the season after suffering a torn ACL in the NBA Finals, will serve as NBC Sports Bay Area’s sideline reporter for Wednesday night’s coverage of the Warriors’ showdown with the Chicago Bulls.

The big announcement was made during the network’s “Warriors Pregame Live” on Monday night before the team’s 100-97 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The news was later shared on Twitter by Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

During Monday’s pregame show, host Greg Papa relayed that Thompson will serve as sideline reporter for the entirety of the second quarter.

“I think we have to rig it where he has to do a coach’s interview with Steve Kerr,” Papa joked, via The Mercury News.

Thompson’s broadcast debut will be stepping on the toes of regular sideline reporter Kerith Burke, who amusingly reacted to the news on Twitter.

Burke’s job obviously is safe, but Thompson may be getting his first taste of what might be in store for him once his NBA career playing days are behind him. If that’s the case, new NBC Sports Bay Area analyst and Warriors legend Chris Mullin believes Thompson has what it takes to succeed in the sports media world.

“Klay has the greatest demeanor. He can handle any situation,” Mullin said.