(Eds: With AP Photos.) By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer Klay Thompson was 7 years old when his father took him to meet Kobe Bryant inside the Los Angeles Lakers locker room.
Or rather, he tried to take him.
Mychal Thompson, the No. 1 overall pick by Portland in the 1978 NBA draft, had his son pull his hand back and squirm away from a place most kids can only dream about.
''He didn't want to go in to meet Kobe,'' said the elder Thompson, now an analyst on the Lakers radio broadcast. ''He was too shy.''
Spend time around his son now and it might seem little has changed in his demeanor.
The Golden State Warriors' first-round pick, a strong candidate for the NBA's All-Rookie first team, is so calm and quiet that teammates often tease him just to get a reaction - or at least they try.
He rarely speaks in Golden State's locker room, and his laid-back attitude might also give the impression he's timid on the court.