Mychal Thompson, father to Golden State Splash Brother Klay Thompson, is making his own splash during the NBA Finals.
The former Gophers basketball star and overall No. 1 pick in the 1978 NBA draft used his Los Angeles-based radio show to blast LeBron James earlier this week.
“LeBron couldn’t have survived in the 80s with the physicality and the words guys said to each other back then,” Thompson said and was reported by Bay Area News Group’s Golden State beat writer Diamond Leung.
Mychal Thompson was a star at Minnesota from 1974-1978. He set a school record with 1,992 points and a Big Ten record with 1,477 points in conference play. His 956 rebounds, 823 field goals, 500 free-throw attempts and .568 field-goal percentage are also program records.
The comments came after an altercation involving James and Draymond Green during Game 4 that later led to Green’s one-game suspension. James said after the game that “Draymond just said something that I don’t agree with. … Some of the words that came out of his mouth were a little bit overboard, and being a guy with pride, a guy with three kids and a family, things of that nature, some things just go overboard.”
Klay Thompson replied to James’ comments by saying the Cavs’ mega star must have gotten his feelings hurt. Mychal backed his son by sounding off about the incident and James:
“Are we now this PC that we can’t trash talk on the court?”
“Are you freaking kidding me? Who complains to the media about being called a name?
“We all respect LeBron’s ability … but man, sometimes he acts too entitled, like he’s supposed to get everything he wants.”
“I cannot believe … what we’re facing tonight because a player complained about being called a certain word … .”
Green, however, was suspended for hitting James in the groin, following a string of similar incidents involving Green throughout the playoffs.
Mychal Thompson was selected No. 1 overall in the NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers and spent the next 12 seasons in the NBA with three teams. He won three NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in back-to-back-to-back seasons. The Gophers retired his No. 43 jersey on March 4, 1978.