Warriors fans will have to wait a little longer before the much-anticipated reunion of the “Big Three” of the Golden State.
Five-time All-Star Klay Thompson is expected to play this season after missing the 2019-20 and 2020-21 campaigns, but he won’t be available to start the year. It’s not a big surprise that he hasn’t been in an NBA game since June 2019 when the Warriors lost to the Raptors in the NBA finals.
What’s next for Thompson? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he could return to court.
What is Klay Thompson’s injury?
Thompson is on the road to recovery after missing the entire 2019-20 NBA season with an ACL tear in his left knee. Then, in November 2020, he injured his leg during an off-season practice in Southern California. The Warriors’ worst fears were realized when it was confirmed that Thompson had been ripped off by Achilles.
The Warriors announced on November 25 that Thompson had undergone successful surgery to repair a torn Achilles. As part of a group statement, Golden State said that Thompson had “expected to make a full recovery.”
How long will Klay Thompson be out?
In the October 14 edition of the stadium show “Inside the Association,” Shams Charania reported that Thompson “will be out of training for the next month or so.”
Charania said: “From there, it’s just going to be about him throwing a tantrum, his shaking, continuing to figure out what speed they want to get him back on and when they’re comfortable with it. he’s back,” Charania said. “It’s not just that he’s going to be allowed to train after two major injuries and then start playing. There’s going to be a sublime period. I’ll be looking somewhere in the December to January range. for his return, but the Warriors will be reserved.
“They did a lot of data and science and relied a lot on data and science, I say. I hope they continue to do that.”
More recently, on the Brian Windhorst & Hoop Collective podcast, ESPN’s Nick Friedell said of Thompson’s return, “I think it’ll be sooner (than Christmas or January return). says another day, this week (November 16), Klay will start doing some 5v5 moves. Once you start doing some 5v5 moves, it’s just a matter of time , “Friedell continued.
“…We’re just looking at the schedule and I’d be surprised, unless there’s some kind of setback next month, (Warriors) have a couple of games right before Christmas, and I’d be surprised. if Klay doesn’t ‘don’t come back for one.”
The Warriors are set to host the Sacramento Kings on December 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies on December 23, two games Friedell is alluding to. It’s a slightly faster timeline than originally anticipated, but along with Kerr’s comments, Friedell mentioned how Thompson looked at practice and great spins as theory. behind that thought process.
On an August episode of “The Jump,” ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that the Warriors were initially targeting the team’s Christmas Day game against the Suns for Thompson’s return. It will be 13 months since his Achilles surgery.
“Much of this is conditioning,” says Shelburne. “He’s doing well in his rehab, but he’s missed two seasons in a row. So you don’t bring him back. [too early]. This is a prudent goal. If he does well and his condition is stable and he feels like coming back sooner, he will. But it’s a conservative goal on Christmas Day because you need time to build up your condition again when you’ve missed two NBA seasons. “
Statistics, career highlights of Klay Thompson
- 19.5 points per game
- 3.5 rebounds per game
- 2,3 assists per game
- 0.5 blocks per game
- 0.9 steals per game
- 1.7 revenue per game
- 33.1 minutes per game
- Shoots 45.9 percent
- 3-point shooting 41.9 percent
- 84.8% free throws