OAKLAND — A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt is good buddies with Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson, which by connection makes him close with Warriors star Klay Thompson too.
With a smile on his face, Bassitt shared that he and Trayce won’t be on speaking terms until after Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night. Bassitt, a native of Toledo, Ohio, is a lifelong Cleveland Cavaliers fan and will likely be one of the few people in the Bay Area rooting against the Warriors in the winner-take-all playoff game.
“Me and (Trayce) said we’re not speaking until this game is over,” Bassitt said Sunday morning. “I was giving it to him after Games 5 and 6.”
Bassitt, who’s recovering from Tommy John surgery, actually is a big Warriors fan anytime they’re not playing Cleveland. He was a minor league teammate of Trayce Thompson when both were in the Chicago White Sox’s system, and he’s gotten to know the entire Thompson family quite well.
He said his A’s teammates have been razzing him about backing the Cavs ever since spring training, when everyone in the clubhouse was anticipating a Golden State-Cleveland rematch of last year’s Finals.
“Everyone gives me crap,” Bassitt joked. “Ever since spring training, they’re like, ‘It’s coming.’ Now it’s here, Game 7. It’s unbelievable. It’s awesome.”
Like so many Cleveland sports fans, Bassitt is hoping the Cavs can pull it off and end a drought that hasn’t seen the city win a professional sports title since the Browns won the 1964 NFC Championship, two seasons before the first Super Bowl was staged.
“I’ve got 52 years of nervousness,” Bassitt said.