Warriors Notes: Thompson, Wiggins, Green

Asked on Monday about comments that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has made about having patience with struggling stars like Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins, Thompson responded with “some bite,” according to Tim Kawakami of The Athletic.

“What, do you want him to bench me?” Thompson said. “Or bench Wigs?

“I mean, you can suggest it, that’s fine. But thank Steve, I guess, I don’t know. Sometimes you earn these things, like patience and time to find yourself. I think history is on our side when it comes to that stuff.”

Thompson’s 40.2% field goal percentage so far this season would be a personal career worst, as would Wiggins’ 41.7% mark. The Warriors’ five-man starting lineup that was so dominant last season hasn’t hit its stride so far this fall — Thompson, Wiggins, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Kevon Looney have a minus-14.4 net rating in 87 minutes. Still, Kerr reiterated earlier in the day on Monday that he has faith in his veterans.

“Having been a player myself, I always wanted my coaches to show confidence in me through a slump,” Kerr said, per Kawakami. “So I know how much that means to a player, when a coach stands by you. And then we just won a championship a year and a half ago with Wigs and Klay playing a huge role.”

Here’s more on the Warriors:

  • Thompson’s contract negotiations – he’s on an expiring deal and is extension-eligible – are weighing on him, sources tell Kendra Andrews of ESPN. That may be one factor contributing to his slow start to the season.
  • Andrews also hears from sources that Wiggins didn’t take the time necessary during the offseason to get back into game shape for the start of the 2023/24 campaign. That lack of physical conditioning annoyed some people within the organization, one team source tells ESPN.
  • The Warriors figure to back Draymond Green, who will be returning on Tuesday from his five-game suspension, no matter what he does, a league source tells Andrews. A team source suggests to ESPN that the club lost leverage to discipline the volatile forward when it let him off relatively easy for punching Jordan Poole last fall.
  • As Andrews explains, the Warriors’ tolerance for Green’s occasional antics may run out once he’s no longer an effective player, but that won’t happen this season, as he’s still the anchor of their defense.
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