Kerr's faith in Klay evident by coach's heartwarming remarks originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Klay Thompson's 2022-23 season is off to a rough start.
It began in promising fashion, as Thompson collected a fourth championship ring on opening night and had dreams of rediscovering his All-Star form in his first full season of basketball since 2018-19.
Through seven games, however, Thompson is struggling. He is shooting just 29.5 percent from 3-point range and averaging 13.3 points per contest on a minutes restriction.
Steve Kerr, who has been Thompson's coach for nearly a decade, is confident in the sharpshooter's ability to bounce back.
"He’s going to get better from here. We know that," Kerr said to 95.7 The Game's Damon Bruce and Ray Ratto on Wednesday. "Bottom line is if we were 6-2 right now, this wouldn’t even be a discussion. But at 3-5, all these things come up."
After returning to the court in January, Thompson had a few Vintage Klay performances during Golden State's championship run. Forty-one points in the regular-season finale. Thirty-two points to put a dagger in the Dallas Mavericks' season. And, of course, eight 3-pointers and 30 points against the Memphis Grizzlies to add to the Game 6 Klay allure.
He has yet to have such an outing this year. Thompson's worst contest so far was a two-point, 1-for-8 shooting night during Golden State's 134-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 25.
"I’ve seen Klay have so many slow starts to seasons," Kerr said. "I know Klay well. He is much deeper and more reflective than anybody would guess.
"My mom used to have this expression that she used about me, ‘Still waters run deep.’ Meaning that people who don’t show a lot of emotion are often the most emotional.
"I think Klay is really an amazing human being, and just a wonderful teammate and person. Part of that humanity is that he cares so much. That makes him vulnerable, in a good way. But it also makes him prone to beating himself up a little bit when he’s in a bad shooting stretch.
"That was true before the injuries, and it’s still true now. The main thing with Klay is to keep doing what he’s doing and keep playing. As our team gets better, he’s going to get better. It’s all out there in front of him and our team."
The Warriors, sitting with three wins in eight games, need Thompson to find his shooting stroke again.
In Kerr's mind, that will happen soon enough.