The Golden State Warriors are entering the 2017-18 NBA season as the hot favourites. Klay Thompson told media how the Warriors want to be like Mike Tyson and his dominance in ’80s video game, Punchout.

Speaking to media before a preseason match, Klay Thompson talked about what motivates the Warriors when they are the odds-on favourite to win the NBA championship. Thompson compared the Warriors fanfare and success to the famed final boss and the title character in NES game, Mike Tyson’s Punchout.


Mike Tyson's Punchout
Mike Tyson’s dominance in the NES game, punchout is inspiration for the Golden State Warriors

“We have a long way to go,” Thompson said Saturday when asked whether the Warriors were the closest thing the league had seen to Mike Tyson. “”We still have a long way to go, but I do see the fanfare. It is similar to what Iron Mike had in the ’80s and ’90s”.


Klay Thompson is a known fan of the 1987 video game, in which you take fictional boxer ‘Little Mac’ to the Championship. On the way, you fight on a series of stereotype-based fighters before taking on Mike Tyson in the Championship fight.


Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson aspires to be like Mike….Tyson


“That Championship fight, man. That was a must-see match. The computer crowd was full. Not a spare seat in the house”. Klay Thompson saw the 2-D computer crowd as on par with the Warriors’ crowds. “We rarely play in front of a crowd that’s not sold out. That’s so special. It’s hard to grasp that as a player”.


Of course, the reason we still remember Mike Tyson’s appearance in a video game twenty years ago is the fact that Tyson was fucking impossible to beat. With the Warriors as sure of a thing as there can be leading into the season, Thompson spoke of similar dominance.


“Have you played that game before? It is impossible to beat, ” Thompson said. “It is an honour comparing us to Mike Tyson. There’s motivation. I would love to match up, play against him and see if we could beat him. That would be a dream. Obviously, we don’t have a time machine, nor a way to insert us into a 1987 NES game. I am trying, but it is still a fair while away. But if we did, that would be pretty special to see that.”


This article featured edited and direct quotes from ESPN. I need to clarify because Klay Thompson says a lot of random shit.