Thompson following dad’s path to NBA

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Mychal Thompson was selected No. 1 overall in a draft that featured Larry Bird going sixth to Boston. The 6-foot-10 Thompson played with three teams in 12 NBA seasons, including the Spurs and Lakers. He won three titles in 1987, 1988 and 1991 as a top reserve with Los Angeles.

That experience has helped Klay, McKinney said, but only to a point.

“I’d say one of the things that matters a lot is that he’s had a tremendous amount of experience talking to his dad about the transition to the NBA,” McKinney said. “The bottom line is, you can have a father that’s played, but you’ve got to get it done between the lines, and Klay has proven he can do that on a consistent basis.”

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