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Dodgers: Klay Joins Trayce Thompson at Kershaw Ping Pong Event

Klay Thompson has won four NBA titles playing in the Bay Area with the Golden State Warriors, the first three in Oakland and this year’s coming a couple years after the Warriors moved back to San Francisco. There has always been a pretty strong sports rivalry between the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, so you might expect Thompson, the son of former Laker Mychal Thompson and the brother of current Dodger Trayce Thompson, to be a bit conflicted in his fandom.

You’d be wrong, though. There’s no conflict here, as Klay clearly puts family first, most recently in last nights Ping Pong 4 Purpose tournament hosted by Clayton Kershaw’s charity Kershaw’s Challenge.

Seeing Klay at Dodger Stadium (and, for that matter, wearing a Portland t-shirt) is bound to cause a little angst for some Bay Area fans, but it’s likely not as hard as watching him actively cheer for the Dodgers against the Giants a couple weeks ago.

Trayce Thompson has been a huge surprise for the Dodgers this season after returning for his second stint with the team. After being DFA’d by the Padres and then traded by the Tigers for cash, Thompson has settled nicely into a part-time role with the Dodgers, batting .274 with an .867 OPS and 12 extra-base hits in 110 plate appearances. What looked like a short-term addition when Mookie Betts was out with a fractured rib has turned into a very real chance for Trayce to play deep into October and November with an excellent Dodgers team.

And hey, if it gets a Bay Area sports legend like Klay Thompson cheering for the Dodgers, that’s nice, too.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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