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Posted: December 13th, 2012

Erie BayHawks forward Mychel Thompson did his best to keep up with how his younger brother fared against the defending NBA champions.

“I couldn’t watch it because it wasn’t on here, but I saw it online,” Thompson said.

Klay Thompson was known for his ability to shoot coming out of Washington State. Now a second-year NBA guard, Thompson has arguably become Golden State’s best player as evidence of his play in Wednesday night’s 97-95 win at Miami.

Thompson had 27 points, seven rebounds, four assists and defended three-time NBA MVP LeBron James on the game’s final play. James missed a fading jumper at the buzzer.

On the season, the 6-foot, 7-inch, 205-pound Thompson is averaging 16.4 points for the 15-7 Warriors.

“It’s from putting in a lot of hard work over the summer,” said Thompson about his brother. Their dad is former NBA player Mychal Thompson. “He’s always had the talent. Can shoot. So he worked on other parts of his game. He’s really showing improvement.”

Posted: February 10th, 2012

Here guarding NBA All-Star forward Paul Pierce, Mychel Thompson (right) started three games for the Cleveland Cavaliers./AP Photo.

Being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday didn’t stop Mychel Thompson’s pursuit of making the NBA.

Just altered it.

Before returning to the Erie BayHawks for today’s 7 p.m. game against Maine at Tullio Arena, Thompson talked about being back with Erie, what he learned in Cleveland and guarding the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-point shooting — Ray Allen.

How are you feeling about coming back to Erie? “My goal is to get back into the NBA. So I felt this gives me my best opportunity. By coming back, I hope I get another chance.”

(A third-round pick in the 2011 D-League Draft, Thompson averaged 19.8 points in five games with Erie to start the 2011-12 season.)

How was your experience in Cleveland? “It was good. I learned a lot. The last few games, I got to play. It was great being out there. I felt like I finally adjusted well to the game. Got a lot of experience. Was able to start some games. Just hoping for another opportunity like that.”

(Thompson played five games for the Cavaliers. Averaging 3.6 points a game, Thompson started three games for Cleveland. He made the final 15-man roster after the Cavaliers invited him to their training camp.).

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