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March 7, 2011 at 11:32 AM

WSU’s Ken Bone may lift Klay Thompson’s suspension

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Photo credit: AP Photo – Dean Hare
Washington State coach Ken Bone said this morning during a news teleconference that he’ll decide within the next 24 hours whether Klay Thompson (above) will play when the Cougars face Washington in Thursday’s quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament.
Thompson missed the regular-season finale – a 58-54 overtime defeat to UCLA – while serving a suspension after being arrested for drug possession.
Before the game, Thompson addressed the Pullman crowd.
“I would give anything to play today,” he said. “I made a mistake. I apologize. I’m truly sorry.”
Bone said Thompson’s apology weighs favorably for the junior guard who led the Pac-10 with a 21.4 scoring average.
“It doesn’t the seal the deal obviously, but it’s a great step in the right direction,” Bone said. “I think he’s very sincere and I think his apology came from his heart. We as a staff really appreciated what he had to say. I can’t imagine that being an easy thing to do for a young man.”
Bone spoke as if he’s leaning towards lifting the suspension. He said Thompson will practice today and said it’s important for him to be consistent when doling out penalties.
Earlier this season sophomore guard Reggie Moore received a one-game suspension after being cited for misdemeanor drug charges and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
“I need to be consistent with what I’ve done and this is a first-time offense,” Bone said. “It’s a misdemeanor. It’s the same as if he received a DUI. It’s breaking a rule in regards to our team. And we’re going to be consistent with how we deal with those situations.”
Moore missed Saturday’s game with a foot injury and Bone was unsure he’d practice today. He said Moore is a tough kid, but it’s the trainer’s decision.
“I think he will (practice), but I don’t know,” Bone said. “He has not been looked at yet today. He had class and he’ll be looked at around 1 o’clock this afternoon.”
Bone believes if Washington State (19-11) advances to the Pac-10 Tournament championship game then “we would have a good chance of getting in” the NCAA tournament.
He was unsure about WSU’s NIT prospects.
Bone acknowledged it would be difficult to watch Washington receive an at-large berth if the Cougars knock off the Huskies for a third time this season.
He said it’s always tough to beat any team three times in a season.
“I think we’ll bring a high level of intensity,” Bone said. “I assume they will too. Like Isaiah (Thomas) has been quoted, it’s do or die. That’s what it’s about right now.”

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