SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors All-Star swingman Klay Thompson served as a visitor analyst for NBC Sports activities Bay Space in the course of the second quarter of the community’s telecast of Wednesday’s 104-90 win in opposition to the Chicago Bulls. Thompson, who has been out all season whereas he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee, sat at a desk simply off the ground within the tunnel resulting in the Warriors locker room as he offered commentary on the sport.

Thompson often praised his youthful teammates all through the quarter, as play-by-play man Bob Fitzgerald and analyst, and former Warrior, Kelenna Azubuike, requested him questions.

“I take pleasure in enjoying that veteran position now,” Thompson mentioned. “I am unable to imagine I am at that stage of my profession now.”

Thompson provided reward for Bulls swingman Zach LaVine as he hit photographs everywhere in the ground, however famous that he was glad LaVine did not break his report for many 3-pointers in a sport final Saturday after LaVine hit 13 in a win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Thompson’s look on the telecast got here at the side of the Warriors having a “Headband Klay” bobblehead giveaway to commemorate Thompson’s record-setting 14 3-pointers in a win final October in opposition to the Bulls.

“I do know it’ll be damaged quickly,” Thompson mentioned of the 3-point report.

Except for breaking down his favourite bobbleheads over time, Thompson additionally managed to sneak in some congratulatory words after a marriage proposal between followers was accepted throughout a timeout within the second quarter.

“Most significantly, congratulations to Mrs. Principessa,” Thompson mentioned, interrupting his bobblehead breakdown because the glad couple was proven on the large screens inside Chase Heart. “I really like seeing these engagements right here, it is all the time particular. I might need butchered your identify. I am sorry, however I attempted.”

Thompson even swooped in to take over the postgame walk-off interview with one of many Warriors’ stars of the sport, ahead Omari Spellman, who had 13 factors, 11 rebounds and three blocks in Golden State’s first house win since Nov. 4.

“Klay’s hilarious,” Spellman mentioned after the sport. “It was arduous to not chortle since you do not consider one in every of your teammates like a sideline reporter, nevertheless it was enjoyable. It was cool. I am glad I bought to be part of that with him.”

Longtime teammate Draymond Inexperienced could not imagine what he was seeing as Thompson interviewed Spellman after the sport.

“Numerous s— has modified,” Inexperienced mentioned. “Klay did not even like doing interviews, now he likes interviewing folks. What the hell’s occurring round right here?

“It is loopy. I assume he is bored.”

Warriors employees members had been having a superb time with Thompson’s run at a tv profession. Coach Steve Kerr, who did tv work for Turner Sports activities earlier than coming to the Warriors, reminisced before the game about the challenges he had as a reporter throughout his one probability at an in-game interview.

“I do bear in mind the primary time I needed to do, possibly the one time, I needed to do a sideline interview once I was working at TNT,” Kerr mentioned.

“Cheryl Miller could not make the sport, I feel she was sick, and they also had me run over, we had been in Portland, I feel I used to be interviewing Vinny Del Negro, and I needed to ask him no matter uninteresting query is requested on the finish of the quarter: ‘You are getting beat on the glass, what do you do to repair that?’ A type of questions. And I am holding the mic [close to me], however I am so uncomfortable…

“I mentioned, ‘What do you suppose it’s a must to do?’ He begins answering, and he is over right here, and I am nodding and the mic remains to be proper right here and the producer’s in my ear going, “Maintain the mic in entrance of Vinny!’ And I used to be not requested to do this once more. Not surprisingly.”

Kerr joked that he wished Thompson to conduct an in-game interview with him on Wednesday. Alas, it did not occur as Thompson took off his headset briefly order after the primary half concluded.

“Klay will certainly be higher than me,” Kerr mentioned pregame. “Extra entertaining for positive. Mine was unintentional comedy.”