Dad docks Thompson’s allowance for role in melee

When Julie Thompson arrived home from The Cheesecake Factory on Tuesday, her husband had something for her to see.

“Sit down and watch your dumb son,” Mychal Thompson told his wife, who had been picking up dinner.

Mychal had recorded the fight that their son Klay, of the Golden State Warriors, had been involved in during a game against Indiana.

The two-time NBA champion recounted what he saw on the tape during an interview on ESPN 710 in Los Angeles, which was transcribed by the blog believethehypenba.com.

“I saw Klay mixed up in the beginning, tied up with George Hill,” Mychal Thompson said. “I say to myself, don’t do nothing stupid now, don’t throw a punch, don’t throw the ball at anybody.

“Then Roy Hibbert turned his back, and (Klay) was like, ‘Now’s my chance!’ I was like, ‘You idiot!’ ”

The humorous recounting of the incident was not the most interesting part of the interview. Mychal and Julie handle all of Klay’s finances, and his game checks are made out to his parents.

In addition to the NBA-mandated $35,000 fine, Thompson will face a reduction in his allowance, which, believe it or not, is $300 a week.

“He will (find out he’s been fined by us) when he sees that cash envelope show up a little short this week,” the elder Thompson said.

Klay Thompson probably is wishing he would have lost a tooth in the melee so he could have gotten a couple of bucks under his pillow.

■ PENCIL ME IN — Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus sat out of the Rangers’ spring training game Thursday due to sensitivity in his left arm.

Though that type of news often leads fans to panic out of fear of what the ailment could be a symptom of, Texas fans need not be concerned.

No further testing will be required on Andrus’ nonthrowing arm; only a visual inspection is necessary.

Andrus got a tattoo that covers most of his upper left arm and caused him to ask out of the lineup. According to Drew Davison’s Rangers blog in the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, the new ink features a likeness of Andrus’ father, Emilio, who died in 1996.

The artwork took nine hours over two days to complete.

Andrus said he is unlikely to get any more tattoos. “I’m done with this,” he said. “Too much pain.”

Apparently no tattoo shops were open during the offseason.

■ CALL ME MAYBE? — The coaches at Kasson-Mantorville High School in Minnesota wanted to make sure their wrestlers weren’t distracted during the state championship meet, so they took away all of their cellphones.

It worked.

The KoMets won their first state title. But their trip to St. Paul was not without drama.

According to John Millea’s blog on the Minnesota State High School League website, a group of 14 wrestlers from the school was trapped in an elevator at its hotel for more than an hour and freed just before the title match started.

The ordeal could have ended much sooner if they’d have been able to call for help.

COMPILED BY ADAM HILL
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

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