OAKLAND -- If you were expecting Klay Thompson to take the humble way out, think again. He may be reserved, but he isn't shy.
When asked for his thoughts about coach Mark Jackson calling him and point guard Stephen Curry the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game, Thompson didn't have to think about it.
"I believe it," Thompson said before Thursday's practice at Oracle Arena. "Coach Jackson has seen a lot of basketball. So for him to say that means a lot."
Jackson's comments came on the heels of the Warriors' 64.6 percent shooting performance in their Game 2 victory at Denver on Tuesday night. Curry and Thompson combined for 51 points on 21-of-34 shooting, including 9 of 16 from 3-point range. The guards knocked down 483 3-pointers during the regular season, including a record 272 by Curry. And they did it while shooting 43 percent from deep.
Still, Jackson's comments proved to be a lightning rod as people starting comparing Curry and Thompson to all-time great shooters. The bigger lesson for the young guards, though, is that Jackson believes in them strongly enough to put himself out there like that.
"That's cool that coach Jackson has a lot of confidence in us like that," Thompson said. "I'd say we are because I've never played with a shooter like Steph. He's the best shooter I've ever seen. As your point guard, that's really rare to see. . . . I think we have the ability to be."