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L.A. native Klay Thompson: 'Cool' to see LeBron on Lakers

L.A. native Klay Thompson: 'Cool' to see LeBron on Lakers
Published On: Wed, Oct 10
Jun 19, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) handles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the third quarter in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Klay ThompsonA was born in Los Angeles, watched his father, Mychal, play for theA LakersA and spent his high school years in Southern California. He understands more than most just how much passion for the game there is in the area. As hisA Golden State WarriorsA get set for their first meeting withA LeBron JamesA and the new-look Lakers on Wednesday in Las Vegas, Thompson can appreciate just how big a deal it is that James will be calling Hollywood home for at least the next few years.

"I think it's pretty cool," Thompson said of seeing James in a Lakers jersey. "I don't think you would have guessed it when he was with the Cavs when he started his rookie season, but it's adding a ton of interest in the league, and the Lakers are about to get the usual media coverage that I was used to growing up."

Having played against James and his former team, theA Cleveland Cavaliers, in four straight NBA Finals, Thompson knows the intensity level will be ramped up now that the former league and Finals MVP is in the Western Conference.

"Well, the times we've seen him he's always been at the top of the East during the Finals," Thompson said. "And those games are always intense. I expect him to greatly improve the Lakers and they've obviously got a bunch of guys who are proven now. So I just expect it to be intense. Any time you play against arguably the best player in the world, no matter what sport, you want to measure yourself against him so you play as hard as you can, and that's why guys likeA Steph [Curry], KD [Kevin Durant], Kobe [Bryant], LeBron,A James Harden, any [top] guys face their opponent's best game every night, so it will be no different when we play the Lakers."

Both Thompson and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr are looking forward to the budding rivalry between the Lakers and Warriors this season, especially with James in the fold.

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