How Klay Thompson’s brother joined Warriors staff in unique role

Over the previous two frustrating years, during the NBA playoffs, Klay Thompson would turn to his roommate and ask him to please turn off the television.

“Go watch it in your room,” Klay would tell his older brother, Mychel.

“It killed me not to be out there,” Klay said. “It was really hard watching and thinking, ‘I swear, at full strength we are as good if not better than these teams.’”

But now, in the NBA Finals, the Thompson brothers are in the same room. Participating, not watching. Klay is at close to full strength after two devastating injuries. And Mychel is officially a member of the Golden State Warriors’ staff.

Mychel, 34, who has been a presence around the team for years, quietly was added to the Warriors’ coaching/player development staff about a month into the regular season and is learning the ropes.

In addition to launching his coaching career, Mychel has been a steady source of support to his younger brother during 30-plus months of brutal rehabilitation.

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