Despite facing the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals, Klay Thompson remains an Oregonian at heart.
The Warriors shooting guard grew up in Lake Oswego, Ore., before moving to California when he was 14. He went to college at Washington State University and is a Pacific Northwest guy through and through.
During his media availability Wednesday, Thompson went long on his appreciation for the nature in Oregon and his favorite swimming spots in The Beaver State.
"I'm like a chameleon. I can adapt to anything…"
"Actually, I don't mind the rain. I appreciate how green Oregon is, I appreciate the clean air and the trees and all the beautiful landscaping."
Another day, another amazing Klay video 🤣 pic.twitter.com/JqobXtvZl4
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) May 15, 2019
Never change, Klay.
The three-time NBA champion also told a story of the time he met Michael Jordan while attending a Blazers game in 1998.
Klay Thompson grew up a Trail Blazers fan when he spent part of his childhood in Lake Oswego. Klay's favorite Blazer? Rasheed Wallace pic.twitter.com/kSUbp2bDKK
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) May 15, 2019
Rasheed Wallace isn't a bad pick for favorite Blazer. I personally would have gone with Bonzi Wells, but you can't go wrong with Sheed.
Klay will at least get two games in Oregon during the series when the Warriors and Blazers play Games 3 and 4 at the Moda Center on Saturday and Monday.
With the way the Warriors played during their Game 1 win, the series might not make it back to Portland for Game 6. So, Klay will have to wait until the summer to go enjoy the nature in the PNW.