FTW- Before every game, Klay Thompson sits at his locker and reads the newspaper, devouring the sports section, keeping up on current events and skimming through the movie reviews and financial reports.
It’s a little-known ritual for someone who is much more inquisitive than his public perception would suggest, and that’s just the way the Warriors’ shooting guard would have preferred it to remain.
“I just think, especially my generation, we’re on our phones so much, all the time, even me, I’m a bad culprit of it, that my mom actually suggested this to me. She said, ‘Klay, instead of standing at your phone pregame all the time, why don’t you get a newspaper or a book and read that before a game, try to take your mind off things.’
“I was like, ‘Mom, that’s a great idea. So I started reading the sports section … I like reading the sports section about high school hoops or college basketball, and just like that old school feel. I like to feel the newspaper, so shoutout to my mom for helping me with my pregame ritual.”
A 10 year old sitting in the breakfast nook reading the cartoon section while imitating his father's morning ritual is adorable. A professional athlete that grew up in the internet era taking his mother's advice to read the newspaper at his locker prior to a game is just fucking weird.
I don't even care that this is just further evidence that Klay Thompson is a type of awkward that I just can't put my finger on. I care that he's trying to play the overly sophisticated, "well read" card when all he is doing is getting his information in a less efficient manner. It's 2017. Word of mouth is damn near a more timely way to gather news than reading it in ink 12 hours after it was topical. As far as I am concerned, Klay Thompson is doing a disservice to every senior citizen that's incapable of understanding what an app is by not making better use of the tools at his disposal. What he calls "old school", I call antiquated. If I were a 60 year old man that couldn't understand technology I would violently shake a rolled up gazette at Klay Thompson for shamelessly appropriating my culture.
Staying up to date with current events might make you smarter, but carrying around an inconveniently sized source that's filled with stories that start on one page and continue on another, non-consecutive page makes you a dummy. I doubt that Klay Thompson could find this little piece of information on the back page, but we are about five years past blindly viewing newspaper readers as more intelligent now that CNN has pop-up notifications.