Sea Captain is out: Klay Thompson bids farewell to Warriors, Dub Nation

Published July 6, 2024, 10:38 AMPao Ambat

Without a doubt, all the memories and legacy Klay Thompson left behind in the Bay Area will live on forever.

Klay Thompson averaged 17.9 points on a 38.7% clip from deep made in his last season with the Warriors.

Sea Captain is out. 


 Klay Thompson penned a farewell post to the Golden State Warriors and the Dub Nation on Saturday, July 6 (PH Time), officially ending his historic run with the franchise.

Thompson posted a lengthy message on his Instagram, thanking the franchise and its fans for the memories in a historic run that saw him win four titles in 13 seasons with the squad.

“It was such an honor to put that Dubs jersey on from day 1. I really just wanted to be the best I could be and help bring as many championships as possible to the region."

The 34-year-old Thompson added: “The best part was not the rings though, it was the friendships I made that will last a lifetime. My family and I would like to thank all of the amazing people who work tirelessly to make the Warriors organization world-class. Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy it happened. Until we meet again. Sea captain out.”


Attached to the post were 10 photos and videos from Klay’s time in the Bay Area, including a picture from the night he was drafted in 2011; a shot alongside the Warriors' dynastic trio of Steph Curry, Draymond Green and himself; a video of his beloved dog, Rocco, walking down the Warriors' tunnel, and, of course, a scenic video cruising down the Bay.


Just last week, Thompson parted ways with Golden State after reportedly joining with the Dallas Mavericks on a sign-and-trade deal worth three-year, $50 million, per multiple reports. 


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Curry then paid tribute to his former teammate, stating that they’re going to be ”Splash Bros 4 life.”


 "Gonna miss you, Klay Thompson,” the two-time MVP added. 


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In his time with Golden State, Thompson formed perhaps the greatest shooting backcourt in league history alongside superstar Curry known as “Splash Brothers” that changed the game forever.  


He became a five-time All-Star and developed to be one of the premier two-way players in his heyday before two major injuries in 2019 and 2020 dampened his effectiveness on defense.

Thompson currently sits 6th all-time in made three-pointers. Golden State quickly filled in the void of Thompson’s absence by signing another three-point specialist in Buddy Field after acquiring veterans Kyle Anderson and De’Anthony Melton.

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