One of the most entertaining things happening on Warriors players’ social media has been the friendly trolling between three-time All-Star Klay Thompson and almost All-Star Zaza Pachulia.
Since the Finals are approaching and Zaza is a free agent this summer, now seems like a good time for all of us to fondly look back at the fun they’ve had together this season.
1. Aug. 21, 2016, Zaza congratulates Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay
Zaza is a good, supportive social media teammate.
2. Oct. 21, 2016, the day of the Warriors’ preseason finale
Klay was irritated that his tire blew out on the way to practice. After talking how it was so awful to get his day started like that, he was asked which teammate he’d call first if he had a roadside emergency.
Klay: “(Pauses to think, smiles) Probably Zaza, he just looks like a handyman. I don’t know. He looks like he could lift a car. You don’t need a tire jack with Pachulia, he’ll just lift your car for you.”
Reporter: “Or you could just ride him, like get on his shoulders.”
Klay: “That’s true, too. That guy’s a monster. He looks the most resourceful.”
The jokes have begun.
3. Dec. 5, 2016, the day Klay Thompson dropped 60 points in 29 minutes
Zaza snuck a goofy selfie with Klay in the locker room.
4. Dec. 16, 2016, Klay and Zaza joke around on a car ride together
Zaza (as both of them laugh): “Klay just asked me if any Georginians live in San Fran … It’s Georgians, bro. Not Georginians.”
5. Feb. 18, 2017, Zaza supports Klay on social media again
Zaza sent a tweet of support to Klay as he competed in the Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.
6. May 6, 2017, Zaza scored more than Klay in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals
Klay struggled and finished with six points in the Warriors’ 102-91 Game 3 win over the Jazz, while Zaza dropped an incredible … seven points. That one-point difference turned into a fantastic joke.
Even Steph Curry and Kevin Durant got a good laugh out of it.
7. May 7, 2017, Zaza reminds Klay of his “historic night”
Zaza captioned this photo:
Historical night. @klaythompson 6pts. Zaza 7pts.
8. May 12, 2017, Zaza STILL won’t let Klay forget the game he finished with more points
After the Warriors swept the Jazz in the semifinals, Zaza gave Klay this hilarious fake San Francisco Chronicle at practice in front of all the media. Notice the headline: “HELL FREEZES OVER: Pachulia outscores Thompson.”
9. May 12, 2017, Klay gets back at Zaza
After being clowned with that fake newspaper at practice, Klay posted this photo on Instagram. It shows him on a fishing trip with Zaza. It’s captioned, “Yesterday’s catch. My bass > Zaza’s anchovies,” while Zaza commented, “Nice photoshop Klay.”
The day before that, Klay’s brother shared a photo of the fishing trip on Instagram with the caption, “Nice day fishing with the bros, one of these dudes holding my fish, but I’m not snitching lol,” which seems to prove Klay was right and Zaza is awful at fishing.
Maybe we’ll see more shenanigans from these two in the Finals, or maybe another season if they stay on the same team together. Whatever happens, though, it’s been fun.