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Klay Thompson’s Fortune Cookie Foresees a 73-Win Warriors Season. (Eat It, Bulls.)

A record-shattering prediction inside a delicious dessert!


Warriors president Rick Welts hands shooting guard Klay Thomson the Bulls-busting fortune.

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One of Thompson's fortune cookies. Photo: Kevin Chan

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Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson has a pretty straightforward job description: Make baskets. And yet, on Tuesday, he branched out by making cookies. And a gaudy prediction: The Warriors will, indeed, shatter the 72-win benchmark established by the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls. 

At a Chinese New Year-themed celebration in Chinatown yesterday, throngs of media and city politicos packed into the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory to meet and greet Warriors president Rick Welts and his employee, Thompson, who was bedecked in the team’s Chinese-language slate jersey. As advertised in the press release, Thompson did indeed “participate in making traditional Chinese fortune cookies." But the cookies he made were not at all traditional. 

When an event guest, former Chronicle reporter Tanya Schevitz, informed Welts that members of the general public can create their own fortunes for the cookies, he took matters into his own hands. The Warriors boss penned “73–9” on a small, rectangular slip and handed it to Thompson, who took it, smiling. The guard proceeded to make a cookie stuffed with that fortune. 

The “73–9” is, of course, a reference to the Warriors’ quest to unseat the 1995-96 Jordan-Pippen-Rodman-Kukoc-Longley (Ha, ha) Chicago Bulls. That squad went 72–10, setting the standard for regular-season victories. The reigning NBA champion Dubs, at 41–4 heading into tonight’s home date versus Dallas, may yet eclipse that mark—if fortune smiles upon them.  

Our calls to Welts have not yet been returned, but the photo gracing this article documents this transaction. Fortune Cookie Factory general manager Kevin Chan confirms that Thompson operated the machinery and produced two fortune cookies. And yet, the whereabouts of the Welts-Thompson cookie is not known: “I dumped them in the can,” says Chan. “Whoever got it is lucky.”

After receiving our call, Chan dug through his inventory (“my whole shop—Jesus Christ!”) and located one of the two Thompson-produced cookies. But not the “73–9” cookie. (The fortune Thompson penned for the other one was, sweetly, “To mom: I love you.” See photo, below.)

The 73–9 fortune cookie, it appears, may be lost to eternity. “I was so dumb,” Chan tells us. “I shoulda kept it.”

Update, 1/27/16, 3:45 PM: Schevitz just informed San Francisco that she thinks Thompson himself may have taken the cookie. No word on whether it ended up being eaten by Rocco.


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