Klay Thompson calls this Grizzlies player a 'bum' over strength in numbers tweet

Joshua Rogers June 17, 2022
Klay Thompson calls this Grizzlies player a 'bum' over strength in numbers tweet
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Klay Thompson labelled a certain Memphis Grizzlies player a “bum” over a strength in numbers tweet he made during the regular season.

The Golden State Warriors are the 2022 NBA champions after beating the Boston Celtics 103-90 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

It is the fourth title in eight years for the franchise, with Steph Curry finally winning Finals MVP. It has been an epic tale of revenge for the Warriors, as many fans and pundits wrote off their championship credentials following two injury-hit seasons.

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Klay Thompson calls Grizzlies player a ‘bum’ over strength in numbers tweet

The win is particularly sweet for Klay Thompson. In the 2019 NBA Finals, Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, before tearing his Achilles tendon in the lead-up to the 2020-21 season, meaning he missed the bulk of the past two seasons.

He returned to action in January 2022, 941 days after he last suited up for the Warriors.

After winning his fourth title with the Warriors on Thursday night, Klay spoke about how much it meant to him. Interestingly, he also revealed some of his motivation for this postseason, namely, a tweet from a certain Memphis Grizzlies player.

He told reporters: “There was this one guy on the Grizzlies who tweeted ‘strength in numbers’ when they beat us during the regular season, that p***** me off so bad … that bum … twitter fingers, can you believe it? I got a memory like an elephant.”

Who is the Grizzlies player Klay Thompson called a ‘bum’?

Thanks to some internet sleuths, it wasn’t long before people worked out who the Grizzlies player was who Klay Thompson called a ‘bum.’

The player in question is none other than Jaren Jackson Jr, who on 29 March tweeted “strength in numbers” – the Warriors’ slogan and rallying cry – after Memphis beat Golden State 123-95 in the regular season.

Steph Curry referred to himself as ‘The Petty King’ before Game 6 of the Finals – it seems Thompson is cut from the same cloth.

Klay on winning a fourth championship

It was an emotional night for Klay, who was unsurprisingly overjoyed at winning his fourth championship after such a long lay-off.

“I’m just thankful to be here, this is crazy,” Thompson said after the game. “I can’t even believe it. I knew it was a possibility but to see it in real time, holy cannoli.”

“There were some dog days,” Thompson said. “There was a lot of tears shed on the bench. Steph (Curry) talked me right, even Draymond (Green), and just leaning on those guys.”

Thompson didn’t exactly have an explosive ‘Game 6 Klay’ King kind of evening, scoring 12 points, five rebounds and two assists. Not that he’ll care – he’s an NBA champion once again.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.