Klay Thompson narrowly missed a spot on an All-NBA team, which cost him the chance at an additional $30 million in free agency. But Thompson says he was more bothered by how it impacts his career résumé.
"The money's nice, but I'm just trying to build a résumé," he said. "And I see some other guys who played my position growing up, you know, the Ray Allens, Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin -- I try to be in that mold. They made, you know, three, four All-NBA teams -- I'm trying to get to that level. And it didn't happen this year, but hopefully, go to another Finals next year and it might happen then.
"But I just wanted to make that team so badly just because it's a huge honor thing, you know. Being recognized as a top-15 player in the best basketball league in the world, that's amazing. But like I said before, the opportunity to win a championship is greater."
Thompson was an All-NBA third team selection in 14-15 and 15-16.
"That is life. It's a worthy sacrifice, I'll tell you that much," Thompson said. "To be here, and to be on the global stage, I wouldn't trade it for the world, even an All-NBA. So I'm happy to be here, and I can't wait to come out and compete tomorrow."