NBA fans had to do a double take when the Golden State Warriors opened their season mid-October against the Houston Rockets because what they saw was mid-boggling. In the stands, fans witnessed a doppelgänger version of shooting guard Klay Thompson, a version fans truly hope to never see on court (although he isn’t quite bad).
Though the imposter looked and dressed like Klay, fans couldn’t get enough of him and he became a new meme for the start of the NBA season.
“Hi I’m Klay Thompson and I have DirecTV”
“Hi I’m Klay Thompson and I have cable” pic.twitter.com/3EH1TLODE3
— Michael Samperio (@samperio_34) October 18, 2017
The resemblance is definitely uncanny, posts on social media show the look-a-like dressed from head to toe in Warrior basketball shorts, shoes and even a Thompson jersey, depicting a real-life Thompson and even had fans believing (or somewhat believing) that it was really him.
My mom just sent me this picture of a Klay Thompson lookalike in line at Oracle Arena 😂 pic.twitter.com/qfuGMohcWp
— Reggie Chatman Jr. (@ReggieChatman) October 18, 2017
The man behind the costume was Dawson Gurley, a Youtube star also known as Bigdawstv. Most of his videos have him tricking people into playing basketball with him, thinking that he is the real Klay Thompson.
Fans continued to flood social media streams with pictures of Gurley throughout the game, and the memes just kept coming. “Fake Klay” as Gurley was dubbed, could be seen in different sections of the game, especially behind the Warriors bench.
One Klay on the court, one Klay contesting the call. pic.twitter.com/8TC7LJdWdY
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 18, 2017
Damn fake klay is literally everywhere lmao, if anyone was wondering, fake klay is @BigDawsTv and is the same on YouTube 👍🏻
— Quilt Chamberlain (@TroMoney) October 18, 2017
Fake Klay Thompson with the halftime report pic.twitter.com/um9mG3ljQj
— Tailgate Sports (@_TailgateSports) October 18, 2017
Kevin Durant just gave me a high five and referred to me as “Klay”
— Daws (@BigDawsTv) October 18, 2017
western conference vs. eastern conference pic.twitter.com/AT59ZRW8CT
— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) October 18, 2017
What did you think of “Fake Klay”? Was he a legit look-a-like, or just someone trying to boost their internet fame? Let us know in the comments below and definitely keep your eyes open for other doppelgängers this NBA season.