Klay Thompson celebrates with Bahamian flag after winning NBA championship

Joshua Rogers June 17, 2022
Klay Thompson celebrates with Bahamian flag after winning NBA championship
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Klay Thompson was draped in the Bahamian flag as the Warriors won an NBA title and, afterwards, he paid homage to his roots in the Bahamas.

The Golden State Warriors are once again NBA champions after beating the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. It was a particularly special night for Klay Thompson, who missed 941 days of action over the last two and a bit years through injury.

Like the rest of the Warriors players, coaches, and front office, Thompson celebrated onstage in TD Garden last night as the Dubs were presented with the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

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Klay Thompson shouts out Bahamian family

As the Warriors were presented with the trophy, Klay Thompson could be seen draped in the Bahamian flag. The aquamarine and gold colours were proudly represented as Klay celebrated with the rest of his teammates.

At the end of his interview onstage, Thompson said: “Shout out to my Bahamian family in Nassau watching… can’t wait to spend the summer with you.”

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Is Klay Thompson from the Bahamas?

In his post-game press conference, Klay was asked about the Bahamian flag and the sense of pride he got from wearing it. Klay was born in Los Angeles but has roots in the Bahamas – his dad Mychal is from there and moved to the US in the 1970s.

Mychal Thompson was born in Nassau, Bahamas, in 1955 and became the first foreign-born player to be selected first overall in an NBA draft. He was selected as number one pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1978 draft. Mychal was part of the Showtime Lakers in the 1980s alongside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, and won two NBA championships with the franchise .

Speaking about his Bahamian pride, Klay said: “It’s been a part of my story since I was a child. My father was the first foreign-born number-one pick, before Wigs (Andrew Wiggins) – can you believe that?”

Klay also admitted it had been a tough year after he lost his uncle who was a “legend on the island”.

“I just love the Bahamas with all my heart,” he added. “I loved visiting my grandparents and my cousins when I was a kid, and I can’t wait to go back and celebrate with my family this summer.”

Klay explains his love of water

Klay is clearly proud of his Bahamian heritage, and it may go some way to explaining his love of water and the ocean.

Thompson recently posted a photo of himself on his Instagram story in which he was swimming in San Francisco Bay:

When asked about it by a reporter, he gave a detailed answer: “When it’s one of those days in the low 60s and the sun is shining, I make it a point to jump in the ocean,” he told Golden State Of Mind.

“I just think the ocean has healing properties a pool might not have, or a cold tub. Just to be immersed in nature like that, it really makes me happy.

“Your whole body feels so great when you get out of that cold water. And you honestly feel a little closer to God when you look up at the beautiful skies. It really is my happy place besides the hardwood.”

Klay was born on 8 February and is an Aquarius – the sign of the zodiac symbolised by the water-bearer. It’s only right Klay found a home in the Bay Area, a place famed for its cold, yet beautiful, water.

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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.