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Thompson Proving to be Defensive Stopper
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 9, 2013 @ 7:03 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
(Bob) Myers and (Mark) Jackson believed that (Klay) Thompson, at 6-foot-7, had the capacity to be a superb defender. Over the past summer, Thompson spent hours upon hours in the gym without ever touching a ball. They built his lateral quickness, his technique, his tenacity. Player development with the Warriors doesn’t simply consist of a ball, a rim and a rebounder. They’re developing complete players, teaching defensive principles born of Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau’s system.
“I worked every day with [assistant coach] Darren Erman, and it’s really paying dividends this season,” Thompson said. “I’m not just a shooter-scorer.”
“He’s an elite defender now,” Jackson told Y! Sports. “People are catching on, because they’re just starting to watch us. But right now, he’s playing one of the best point guards [Parker] to ever play this game, and he’s making him work for everything.”
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