SAN FRANCISCO — Will Ferrell screamed and put a hand in Klay Thompson’s face as the Golden State Warriors star lofted a baseline 3-pointer.
Nice defensive closeout, no doubt.
Ferrell took the floor and warmed up with the Warriors on Tuesday night — maybe just what coach Steve Kerr’s team needed before facing the LA Clippers while mired in a five-game losing streak. The Warriors went on to win 112-97.
The comedy star donned a vintage-style headband and dressed in his Jackie Moon jersey from the 2008 hoops film « Semi-Pro, » a moment that was meant especially for Thompson — who dressed as Moon for Halloween three years ago and loves the movie .
Ferrell banked in a half-court shot on his second try and passed to Stephen Curry, even using his foot to kick the basketball to the reigning scoring champ before Curry knocked down a 3 to complete his pregame routine.
« I’m under contract, » Ferrell told The Associated Press. « So this is the very first tryout with the team, let’s see what happens. »
How fun was that?
« Well, it’s what I do, » he said matter-of-factly.
And that sweet shot from half court? Zero humility here.
« I make those in my sleep. »
The Warriors and their crowd loved every minute of Ferrell’s surprise appearance.
« That was awesome, » former Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia said. « We needed that energy. »
Ferrell chatted up general manager Bob Myers and injured star Draymond Green at midcourt before making a swift exit through a Chase Center tunnel.
When Ferrell appeared, he bent down and stretched out briefly before taking a short baseline jumper.
« Hey! » Curry hollered in delight, « You’ve got to jump for those! »