Klay Thompson offers a merciful respite from Curry’s NFT flirtation

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors reacts after scoring on a three-point shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second quarter at Chase Center on January 09, 2022.

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Klay Thompson’s long-awaited return to the Golden State Warriors was a joyous occasion for Dubs players, Chase Center attendees, and hoops fans alike. It was the sort of genuinely wholesome sports moment that borders on unimpeachable — just good vibes all around. And it seems to have ushered in the ending of, or at least a respite from, Steph Curry’s unfortunate flirtation with NFTs (non-fungible tokens).

For the uninitiated, NFTs are basically annoying evidence that you and you alone own some sort of digital item. There’s been lots of hoopla about the prestige of buying unique NFT art, NFT virtual trading cards, etc. If you are wondering why someone would want to own digital artwork, or what’s stopping a person from copying an esteemed, expensive piece of NFT art, well, you’re asking the right questions. 

That did not stop Curry — who pretended to earnestly ask for crypto advice in September before announcing a deal with crypto company FTX — from diving further into the metaverse by purchasing a Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT for $180,000. In Curry’s defense, he is hardly the only rich, famous person (or pro athlete) to indulge in NFTs. But like other rich and famous people, he’s also been able to generally avoid getting scammed/having his digital art stolen, something that the masses cannot claim. 

Anyway, for the last few months, Curry’s Twitter avatar has been the Bored Ape he purchased. Not a big deal, just a bit of a bummer. But no more! Klay Day, inspirational as it was, compelled Curry to change his avatar to Thompson on his legendary boat.

It’s poetic, really. Before Sunday, Thompson hadn’t played in an NBA game since 2019, a time before “NFT” was an acronym that the rest of us had to learn. And here we are now: Thompson is hooping again, and Curry’s avatar is of his Splash Brother, as opposed to easily replicable digital art of an ape. Klay Day forever.

A screenshot from Jan. 9, 2022, of Steph Curry's Twitter avatar.

A screenshot from Jan. 9, 2022, of Steph Curry’s Twitter avatar.

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