Warriors fans will only have to wait a little longer for the much-anticipated Golden State’s “Big Three” reunion.
Five-time All-Star Klay Thompson is expected to play this season after missing the 2019-20 and 2020-21 campaigns, but will not be available earlier this year. This is not a big surprise given that he has not participated 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 may return to court.
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What is Klay Thompson’s injury?
Thompson was on his way to recovery after missing the entire 2019-20 NBA season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Then, in November 2020, he suffered a leg injury during off-season training in Southern California. The Warriors’ worst fears came true when it was confirmed that Thompson had suffered a torn true Achilles.
On November 25, 2020, The Warriors announced that Thompson had undergone a successful operation to repair a torn Achilles. As part of the Golden State team statement, he said that Thompson was “expected to recover completely.”
How long will Klay Thompson be out?
– On January 8 warriors announced that Thompson will be available for play against the Cavaliers on January 9th.
– On January 3 Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN informed about it that there is “optimism”, Thompson will be able to debut the season against the Cavaliers on January 9.
– On 17 December Informed Wojnarowski that the Warriors are targeting Thompson’s return in early January. Golden State considers January 9 (vs. Cavaliers) and January 18 (vs. Pistons) as potential return dates. A return on January 3 against the Heat has not yet been ruled out, but it is unlikely that Thompson will return to the field in this match.
– On 16 December The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Anthony Slater informed about it that the closest possible return date for Thompson is December 28, because he is still strengthening his condition.
– On. On December 3, Thompson launched Instagram Live and told his followers that he hoped to return “in the next few weeks” or “maybe in a month.” according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. This timeline is in line with previous reports, which suggest that his return could take place around Christmas Day.
– On November 28 Charania informed that Thompson was assigned to the Santa Cruz Warriors, a branch of the Golden State’s G League, to increase the number of practice repetitions. This was based on a report by Nick Friedell of ESPN, who noted that Thompson had participated in complete team training for the first time since the Achilles’ rupture in November 2020.
– In the November 16 issue of the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast, Friedell said Thompson could return before Christmas Day. Friedell believed that Thompson could be back in the game either on December 20 against the Kings or on December 23 against the Grizzlies, who are both at home.
“I would be surprised if it wasn’t one of those home games, if there is no failure next month, which we know with these kinds of injuries. [could happen]”They have a couple of matches just before Christmas and I believe it will be a match in Denver at home right after Christmas.” I would be surprised if Klay didn’t return to one of them, because with the brief glances we gave him, he was practicing … he looks like himself. “
– During the August episode of “The Jump”, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne announced that the Warriors had originally targeted a team Christmas game against the Suns to get Thompson back. That would mean 13 months since his Achilles operation.
“A lot of it is conditioning,” Shelburne said. “He’s doing well in rehab, but he’s missed two seasons in a row now. So you won’t bring him back.” [too early]. This is a conservative goal. If he succeeds and his condition is good and he feels he wants to come back sooner, he will. But this is a conservative Christmas Day goal, because if you miss two NBA seasons, you need time to recover. “
Klay Thompson’s career statistics, the best
- 19.5 points per match
- 3.5 rebounds per match
- 2.3 assists per match
- 0.5 blocks per game
- 0.9 thefts per game
- 1.7 turnover per game
- 33.1 minutes per match
- 45.9 percent shooting
- 41.9 percent three-point shooting
- 84.8 percent of the free throw