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Can't indulge in 'fickle' love of media, fans



Klay Thompson, a week after apologizing to the Golden State Warriors' base for his remarks about their lack of energy at Oracle Arena, delivered another subtle poke Thursday, saying it's important for him to remain focused on his day-to-day day performance over the changing perceptions of media and fans. "We live in a time where it's 'What have you done for me lately?' You can not get caught up in the love right now. "Thompson, widely hailed as one of the NBA's premier knockdown shooters, has also made a habit of toughly defending some of the league's best scorers. On Thursday, he was asked if the NBA All-Defensive Team remains a goal.

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"I just try to play my game," Thompson said after a shootaround. "It is nice to talk about about a good light." Thompson's initial comments on Oracle fans' energy also came unprompted, when he was asked why the Warriors have struggled to find consistency throughout the season.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr had said he could see where Thompson's initial comments were coming from.

Kerr also said Thompson should be lauded for his defensive efforts.

"It changes the way teams attack us," Kerr said. "I don't know how to quantify that. But for me, he is absolutely an All-Defensive Team player."

Defense needs to be a team play great defense.

years, "Thompson said. "So at the end of the day we have some great defenders. It's not just all offense with this team. We got guys that play that side of the ball."

Indeed, the Warriors' Draymond Green won the 2016 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and has secured a place on the All-Defensive First Team three times. Kevin Durant has improved his defense, ranking as high as sixth in the league in defensive rating, 101.3 in 2016-17.

In Thompson's nine seasons, official recognition has remained elusive.

"It's always been a goal of mine, I pride myself on playing on both sides of the ball, "Thompson said. "It would be awesome to make All-Defensive Team before it's all said and done."


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