The Golden State Warriors are in China as a part of the NBA's Global Games 2013. And despite the 15 hour time difference between Oakland and Beijing, Klay Thompson was not given a pass when he overslept and missed the team bus. Thompson was slated to start against the Los Angeles Lakers today but was a late scratch from the starting lineup. From Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News:
Warriors confirm that Klay Thompson didn't start vs. LALs in Beijing because he missed team bus to the arena. Still played 36 minutes.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) October 15, 2013
Game was in China. Body-clock said it's late-late night (West Coast time). Take a nap, body says sleep 8 hours. This is not a big deal.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) October 15, 2013
The most amusing aspect to this time zone gaff is that Klay's father, Mychal Thompson, was actually the one to reveal the snafu. If you recall, Klay still has a very structured relationship with his father. Back in February, Mychal Thompson gave a radio interview to ESPN revealing just how influence the elder still had on the up-and-coming shooting guard:
New info: Lakers Radio Network's Mychal Thompson said Klay took a nap, overslept & missed GSW team bus to arena—that's why he didn't start.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) October 15, 2013
Mychal said Klay was going to start this game, but Draymond Green was switched in because Klay was late. Klay still played 36 mins.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) October 15, 2013
One has to wonder if young Klay will be docked some of his filial stipend to teach a lesson about the importance of punctuality. But since they're 6,000 miles away in another country, hopefully Klay gets the advantage of currency exchange and only loses a few yuan instead of dollars (1 yuan is .16 dollars).