Klay Thompson’s older brother Mychel is part of the Golden State Warriors coaching staff. His appointment went under the radar earlier in the season – here’s what we know about him.
The Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship last season after defeating the Boston Celtics in six games. The victory was particularly sweet for Klay Thompson, who missed the past two seasons after tearing his ACL and rupturing his Achilles.
Recently, the shooting guard was spotted drinking beer while cheering on his brother Trayce, who plays for the Dodgers.
But did you know Klay has another brother, Mychel, who is part of the Warriors staff?
Klay Thompson’s brother Mychel a surprise part of Warriors staff
It has largely gone under the radar but earlier this season Klay Thompson’s brother Mychel Thompson joined the Golden State Warriors staff.
Per the San Francisco Chronicle, 34-year-old Mychel was added to the Warriors’ coaching/player development staff about a month into the regular season and has been supporting his brother throughout his comeback.
Mychel was often around the Warriors practice sessions but it wasn’t until earlier this season that he was officially brought on board in a coaching capacity.
“I can still get up and down, so they have me play and practice with the guys,” Mychel said. “I’m still a capable body, so it’s almost like having an extra practice player. And I get to be around my brother and the game of basketball, which I love.”
Klay added: “He’s so good at teaching. He’s got a great spirit about him. Guys really love his presence.”
Klay and Mychel’s father played in the NBA
Klay and Mychel also have a younger brother, Trayce, who is a professional baseball player in MLB. The Thompson siblings are the children of Mychal and Julie Thompson, with Mychal being a former NBA player himself.
Mychal Thompson was the first overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft and spent his 14-year career playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. Mychal was part of the Showtime Lakers in the 1980s alongside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson. He won two NBA championships with the franchise and also played overseas for Juvecaserta Basket in Italy.
Mychel’s basketball journey in more detail
Mychel Thompson was born on 1 June 1988, and played college basketball for Pepperdine University. His finished his time at Pepperdine with 1,413 points, the 14th best in school history, and made 192 three-pointers, the fourth highest in school history.
He went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft but went on to play in the NBA D-League (now NBA G-League) where he played for six years. He did have a brief stint in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011 but he was waived after five games.
Mychel won an NBA D-League championship with the Santa Cruz Warriors in 2015, and even played alongside Steph Curry’s brother, Seth.
He retired in 2018 but still plays with the Bahamian national team, and has also appeared in the Big 3 League.