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OAKLAND – Two hours before tipoff for their home opener Saturday night, the Warriors re-introduced Klay Thompson to the public.
That would be the new and soon-to-be-wealthier Klay Thompson, who one day earlier put his signature on a contract extension that will pay him about $70 million over the four seasons beginning 2015-16.
With his father, Mychal, looking on, Thompson expressed his appreciation for the new deal. He thanked Warriors executives, said how much he appreciates his teammates and the fan base.
He also vowed to become a better player, saying he wants to be more efficient on offense.
"People know I'm a prolific 3-point shooter, but as far as getting to the charity stripe and being more effective in the paint, making plays for my teammates, I can still grow in that aspect," he said.
Thompson credited new head coach Steve Kerr and his staff for their ability to help his see the floor better. Then Thompson, 24, said something uncharacteristic of his first three seasons with the team.
The quiet bomber talked about being more vocal and more of a leader, following the example set by Splash Brothers sidekick Stephen Curry.
"These past few years I have sat back and let Steph and the guys do most of the talking," Thompson said. "But knowing I am a big part of this team, and I have a lot of knowledge now being three years in the league, I can teach some guys a few things."
As a player who has done what it takes to improve every season, the Warriors welcome his contribution.