Klay Thompson says Warriors would party responsibly with win No. 73

ByEthan Sherwood Strauss ESPN logo
Thursday, April 14, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. --Golden State Warriors All-Star guard Klay Thompson hopes to celebrate win No. 73 of the season on Wednesday night, just without going too far.

Thompson was asked if the Warriors would celebrate with champagne if they were to beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night and eclipse the NBA single-season wins record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

"Absolutely not," Thompson said. "You've got to save that till June, man. I mean, you might have a glass of wine after the game, but that's about it.

"We'd enjoy it for a couple nights, and then the real season starts."

Thompson said he didn't mind the Warriors sharing the national spotlight with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who is playing his final career NBA game on Wednesday night.

"I think there's two of them," Thompson, who is a big Kobe fan, said of the biggest story in the NBA at the moment. "Kudos to Kobe Bryant. He deserves all the recognition he's getting. And then I think we're right on the heels of it.

"I got to pinch myself when I think about it every time. Possibly 73 [wins], it's unbelievable. ... It'd be a special feat. We've got to embrace it tonight. You might not ever see this opportunity ever again."

The Warriors said they've handed out more than 350 media credentials for Wednesday night's game against the Grizzlies.