We used to be in there, now we’re out here
Perhaps we now have our answer about whether Klay Thompson is going pro after this season. Based on his marijuana arrest last night, it sounds like he’s already Jonesin’ for the plentiful green grass of the NBA.
We also now have a good idea why the Washington State basketball team has started so slowly all season: Perhaps Thompson was joining Reggie Moore in a little pre-game smoke-around.
Just when you thought the Cougars might have figured it out, with consecutive wins over Washington and USC, Thompson gets busted and proves what we’ve said all season about him: He is not a leader.
And it really makes you wonder if some of his slow, turnover-plagued starts in games have been the product of too much weed the night or morning before.
Did he really lose his iPod when he missed the bus before the Arizona State loss? Or was he taking a quick pre-game toke?
Unfair to ask these questions? Not really. His dad might be wondering the same thing, based on how upset he seemed to be in Bud Withers’ story.
These things all point to some major immaturity on the part of Klay Thompson. Is he really ready for the NBA? Sure, if you want to hang out with the 70 percent of NBA ballers who smoke dope. But, as we’ve said previously, Klay is just not mentally tough enough yet for the pros.
This isn’t simply about smoking pot, which we couldn’t care less about unless it is affecting actual performance. The bigger issues are maturity and leadership, and Thompson simply has not displayed those consistently on the court or off.
It’s pretty obvious Mychal Thompson will be pressing Klay to return for his senior year to wise up before entering the vice-filled world of pro hoops.
As for the effect of Thompson’s absence against UCLA tomorrow, it doesn’t really matter to the Cougars, who must win the Pac-10 tournament to make the NCAA tourney anyway. A win against the Bruins would have been nice, but it wouldn’t have been enough to put the Cougars back in contention for an at-large berth.
The Cougars’ last chance starts next Thursday. Will Thompson be there? And even if he is, will he be all there?
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