‘Klay Thompson chose Anta for $9 million a year to be the Michael Jordan of the brand’: Why the Warriors star chose Anta over big name franchises like Nike and Adidas
Klay Thompson is currently aiming for another title with the Golden State Warriors, and while another ring won’t make him Michael Jordan, he has tried to achieve that status in another way.
Game 2 was a resounding success for the Warriors. They beat the brakes on the Boston Celtics, using a dominating third quarter to blow the game away.
Curry was one of his regular games, finishing with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. He got decent assists from his supporting cast as well as Jordan Poole with 17 points, and Looney, Thompson and Wiggins all finished with double-digit points.
However, it wasn’t the Warriors’ offense that beat the Celtics, it was their stifling defense. That’s clear when you look at the box score and see that Boston shot 37.5 percent from the field and turned the ball over 19 times. Tatum (29 points) and Brown (17 points) were the team’s only real contributors on offense.
Although the Warriors have a lot of positives to take away from the game, there may be a sign of concern. Klay Thompson has yet to find his groove, shooting a combined 10/33 from the field, scoring just 26 points in the two games. It’s not the time to panic with Klay just yet, but he’ll have to take it back if the Warriors are to win this series.
Klay Thompson disappeared in Game 1 AND Game 2:
10-33 FG (30%)
4-15 3PTs (26%) pic.twitter.com/gWV0EhbuLH
— Basketball Forever (@Bballforeverfb) June 6, 2022
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Klay Thompson wanted to be the Michael Jordan of his brand
Klay’s performance should improve, and if the Warriors won Game 2 so convincingly as he cooled off, then perhaps it’s the Celtics who should be more worried about his cold streak.
Regardless of all that, Klay has already achieved a lot in his career. Additionally, he is also the face of the Anta brand, a decision he chose to make to be the head of brand in the same way that Michael Jordan is of the Jordan brand with Nike.
“I knew with the other brands in the United States, whether it was Nike or Adidas, it was going to be tough for me to get a signature shoe,” Thompson explained in 2017.
“I knew with Anta I would have so many creative inputs. Hopefully I was going to be Anta’s Michael Jordan one day. It really resonated with me, and knowing that I could be very important in China, that was really cool for me. The shoe market is sometimes overwhelmed in the United States, and I thought, “Well, why not branch out and be global.”
This reason is pretty solid all things considered. It’s different to be the biggest player of a particular brand instead of just lining up with all the other big brands that have multiple superstars tied to them. Klay’s Anta deal also earns him $9 million a year, which while it might not be the richest shoe deal, is still a substantial sum of money.
Klay Thompson’s Anta KT4 Special Edition
🔥 Or 🗑? pic.twitter.com/E9IDp7e9Yn
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) July 2, 2019
Thoughts on @KlayThompsonis “ASG” ANTA KT4? 🌟
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— Nice kicks (@nicekicks) February 14, 2019
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