Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors is in his seventh season of his NBA career. Klay is averaging 20 points a game, are a three-time all-star and two-time NBA champion. The Warriors are the favorite to win another championship this season, barring injuries or some other unforeseen circumstance the Warriors could win several more championship. Klay is not only a great offensive player, he one of the better defensive shooting guards in the league. Klay Thompson will be a free agent at the end of the season in 2019. My question is will Klay resign with the Warriors or will he follow in Kyrie Irving footsteps?

Like Kyrie everyone will say why to leave a team that is contending for the championship each year, the answer is to prove that you are a great player. When the Warriors first started their ascent Klay and Stephen Curry were arguably on the same level, as it stands today some may consider Klay to be the fourth best or most valuable player on the team. People will argue there is no problem with being the second, third or fourth best player on a winning team, there are great players who were not the primary players on their team. That is true but most of those players played in an era where they were fewer teams in the NBA, style of play was different, and a player’s greatness was not determined by the number of championships. Players like Kevin McHale, James Worthy, and Joe Dumars are considered great players and they were the number two players on their teams but name the fourth best player on a team that you would consider great during their prime years. You can argue great players were the fourth option at the end of their careers but not during the prime years. The NBA will soon celebrate its 75th anniversary, there will be a list of the 75 greatest players to play in the NBA. Will Klay make this list? Your answer may be no and the reason he will not make the list is that everyone you put on that list is the leader of their team such as James Harden.

I am not saying Klay will leave the Warriors, I have no idea what he might do but I understand if he decides to leave. NBA players, the good one, must find ways to push themselves. Some players dreams do not stop at all-star games or championships their goal is to be considered one of the best. Imagine you are an NBA player and you see how Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas are treated by fans and other NBA players. Would you want to be considered on their level? I think that is what Kyrie is shooting for and Klay may decide he wants the same admiration.

Who will rule the West? Has the game of thrones begun in the NBA? Will the King be able to rule over the NBA after this season? I ask these questions because I have a funny feeling the results that all the analysts have demised since the most recent trade of Carmelo Anthony is wrong. People have criticized Kyrie Irving for wanting to be traded from the Cavaliers and LeBron James. Many think the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony will not have a huge impact on Golden State. I beg to differ, I believe there will be new leaders of the NBA after this season.

I am going to say this right now OKC Thunder will dethrone the Golden State Warriors.  People are not giving the acquisition of Melo the respect it deserves, regardless of what ESPN has ranked Melo he is still one of the top 30 players in the league. His peers know he is a matchup problem and virtually unstoppable once he gets it going. Does Melo have something to prove and the answer is yes. He has been disrespected all year first by Phil Jackson and the Knicks; by fans and by ESPN. He can say it does not bother him but he will come out with a vengeance. People will argue he cannot stop Kevin Durant but Kevin Durant cannot stop him either. If KD tries to guard him in the post this will wear on KD and affect his offense. Now people will say Draymond Green can guard Melo, Draymond has a temper and has been labeled as a dirty player. Melo will get him in foul trouble easily.

Paul George is one of the best two players in the league and another year past the horrible injury. PG has something prove this is a contract year, PG will be able to concentrate on defensive more because he does not have to carry a huge offensive load. PG shooting percentage will increase, he will not have to face double teams and other defensive schemes. PG will probably have one of the most enjoyable seasons of career up until this point, there will be no pressure on him.

Russell Westbrook, we all know Westbrook is a beast. The man plays full throttle the entire game and he did this an entire season. You saw how bad he wanted to be the Warriors last season, now he has the help he needs to accomplish this task. Westbrook can save some of his energy just for the Warriors. After Kevin Durant’s most recent comments about the Thunder and Billy Donovan, he reignited that fire that led Westbrook to average a triple-double, not mention Billy Donovan also has something to prove.

Whoever reading this may think I have lost my mind but let’s wait and see. Beating the Warriors may come down to bench performance but there is one factor that does not show up in the stat sheets or analytics. They are heart, will, and the desire to shut your nay-sayers up.

I am sure everyone has read and have their opinions about Kyrie Irving requesting a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. No one is admitting who and why this information was leaked but it is obvious who leaked this information has an agenda and I for one would like to know what that agenda is. Regardless of the agenda, I have noticed Kyrie has been receiving some criticism for making this request.

People have asked the question why Kyrie would want to leave a team they can potentially compete for an NBA championship every year. Others believe Kyrie is on an ego trip and just wants to be the main player on a team and does not care about winning. First I disagree if was just about being the main player on a team he would not have listed San Antonio or Minnesota as destination he would like to be traded to.

Believe it or not winning is not the most important thing to some people, maybe being happy is more important. Maybe Kyrie thought winning would make him happy or allow him to tolerate certain things. In my opinion winning championships became part of the measuring stick of a great player with the success of Michael Jordan. Jordan six rings make him the standard in the modern NBA but are Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson and John Stockton not great players because did not win championships. Would Scottie Pippen be 1 of the 50 greatest players if he wasn’t on those Jordan championship teams? Did Kevin Durant join Golden State just to win a championship or did he like the way they play the game? People consider Kobe Bryant to be one step under Jordan, people always refer to Kobe’s five rings but people forget Kobe was in the passenger seat for three of the rings. Winning championship does not define how great a player is, many of the best to ever play the game has not won a championship or may have just won one championship.

What I have recently learned is that money, fame or recognition is not always the best thing in life. For many people the best thing in life is happiness and the pursuit of happiness can make you happy. If Kyrie is making a mistake by leaving Cleveland so be it but a true fan would support him no matter what decision he makes about his career. As far as him being a fool for wanting to leave, only a fool would put what another man deems great over his own happiness.