Count Klay Thompson among fans of the Warriors “Oakland Forever” jerseys.
â€œLove it. The team played 47 years in Oakland, andâ€¦ the city backed them through thick and thin,â€ Thompson, who is recover from a tear in Achilles, said on Saturday during NBC Sports Bay Area broadcast of Golden State’s 118-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
â€œThere have been a lot of lean years there so when we won those three championships there I know it will live on forever. And it was so cool the organization always pays homage to such a big part of the team’s history. “
Thompson gave the former home of the Warriors a memorable start in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, returning to the field for reverse two free throws after tearing his ACL. Golden State lost that game and the series to NBA champion Toronto Raptors, but Thompson gave one iconic final moment at Oracle Arena and Oakland before the Warriors crossed the bay to the Chase Center in San Francisco.
In that game, Thompson wore a jersey with “The Town” on the front, but the Warriors’ “Oakland Forever” jerseys are the first in franchise history to bear the name of their former home.
Thompson has yet to wear the latter uniform, but Oakland will be a part of him no matter when – and long after – he does.