Klay Thompson who gets in the way of himself wants it ‘too badly’, believes Steve Kerr

Kerr: Klay got in his own way by “wanting it too badly” originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

They say you are your own worst critic, and that has certainly been the case for Klay Thompson amid his current early season struggles with the Warriors.

And while self-responsibility is important and necessary for any professional athlete, Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes it has sometimes been detrimental to Thompson’s comeback journey.

“The thing with Klay, he has a huge track record. He’s a Hall of Fame player,” Kerr said on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon and Ratto” on Thursday. “He’s suffering a lot at the moment from the injuries of the last few years. He wants it so bad. It’s, in my experience, when players want it too much, it gets in their way. I just think he likes it too much want.

“He needs to find a way to take the weight of the world off his shoulders and just enjoy the game. And that’s my job, the staff’s job [and] trying to do the job of his teammates to help him.”

Thompson averages 15.1 points on 35.1 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent from behind the arc — the lowest shooting percentages of his NBA career.

Of course, the Warriors are only 15 games into the season and it’s probably too early to panic, especially given what Thompson has already proven over his 12-year career.

“I have every confidence that Klay will be able to get out of this rut, or whatever you want to call it,” added Kerr. “But it is a frustration that you can feel. You can see it in his eyes, he’s just frustrated. He wants everything back right away and it just doesn’t work that way.

“You just have to go out and play and relax. The ball comes back to him.”

Easier said than done, especially for a player like Thompson whose competitive nature naturally allows him to be so hard on himself.

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The Warriors are 6-9 and winless on the road this season, but certainly not through Steph Curry’s fault. The reigning NBA Finals MVP averages 32.8 points, with 53.1 percent coming from the field and 44.7 percent coming from depth, along with 6.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists.

Curry’s season-high 50 points were cut by the Warriors’ disappointing 130–119 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. Thompson shot 35.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from the 3-point line in the loss. He finished with 19 points, but Kerr said Thompson’s poor shot selection was a “problem” and ultimately hurt Golden State.

Still, Kerr remains confident in his sniper. And once Thompson gets things going, which Kerr and the Warriors know he will, it’s going to be a scary sight for the rest of the league.

“My belief is stronger than your doubt,” Thompson wrote on his Instagram story on Sunday. “I PROMISE it’s coming. And when that happens, the floodgates will open.”

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