By Drew Packham, for NBA.com
Klay Thompson wants to be great.
Not a starter. Not just good. Great.
The Warriors guard had a close-up view of greatness in Las Vegas as a member of the U.S. Select Team, and says the experience of helping Team USA prepare for the Olympics was an eye-opening experience.
“I had butterflies my first day, I’m not gonna lie,” Thompson said. “You see Kobe (Bryant), you see that starting lineup when you go out there and you can’t hide, because everyone can expose you.”
Thompson, who finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting last season after averaging 12.5 points, talked repeatedly Saturday about what the “best guards” do (“The best guards are efficient” … “The great twos are good at the pick and roll”) and says watching “the greats” helped prepare him for his sophomore campaign.