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Klay Thompson channels Kobe Bryant, counts NBA titles in Giants-Dodgers game

Just over a month after winning his fourth NBA title with the Warriors, Klay Thompson soaked up the sun while attending the Giants-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.

Thompson was there primarily to watch his younger brother Trayce, who is an outfielder for the Dodgers. But he also had fun throughout the match, engaging with the fans on several occasions.

At one point, cameras caught Thompson waving to fans and then using his fingers to count the number of NBA championships he had won.

Thompson’s gesture looked a lot like something his idol, Kobe Bryant, did during the 2014-15 NBA season while missing a game against the Dallas Mavericks. In response to rowdy fans, Bryant held up five fingers representing the five titles he won with the Los Angeles Lakers (H/T Bleacher Report and House of Highlights).

Thompson’s love for Bryant is well documented. Growing up as the son of Mychal Thompson in Los Angeles gave Klay the chance to spend quite a bit of time around Kobe.

At last week’s ESPY Awards, Thompson took home the award for Best Returning Athlete and made sure to thank his childhood idol during his speech.

“The best memories I have of growing up here in Southern California are at STAPLES [Center] with my dad. I had a privileged life,” Thompson said last Wednesday. “He was a commentator for the Lakers, and I would go to every game early just to watch Kobe do his thing.

“Finally, I would like to thank the Bryant family because – I don’t know if Vanessa is looking over there – but for Vanessa and her three beautiful daughters, we think of Kobe and Gigi every day. I read ‘Mamba Mentality’ every day during rehabilitation.

“Those are the best memories of my life watching him play. He inspired me to be the athlete I am today.”

This drew a heartfelt thank you from Vanessa Bryant, wife of the late Bryant and mother of Gigi Bryant.

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It’s unclear whether or not Thompson knew he was mimicking Bryant’s gesture. But given how close the two champions are, it’s very possible that Klay knew exactly what he was doing on Sunday.