Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson has been through a lot in the past two years. After missing the entire 2019-20 season recovering from the torn left ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 Finals against the Toronto Raptors, Thompson tore his right Achilles tendon during a workout before the 2020-21 campaign.
When he found out Thompson got hurt again, Warriors superstar point guard Stephen Curry cried, not because he would be without his backcourt mate, but because his friend couldn’t catch a break. Thompson has not played in an NBA game since June 13, 2019, and it’s unknown when he will return to the court.
Before the Warriors defeated the Utah Jazz on Stephen Curry’s 33rd birthday, Klay Thompson spoke to the media about how his rehab is going. The All-Star shooting guard revealed he’s doing a new routine that San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan practiced during his Hall of Fame career.
Klay Thompson acknowledges that 2020 was ‘the worst year of my life’
2020 was a rough year for a lot of people, but especially for Klay Thompson. Not only did the three-time NBA champion have to rehab two injuries, but Thompson lost one of his basketball heroes in Kobe Bryant and his grandmother.
“It was probably the worst year of my life, guys. Everyone had their own little trials and tribulations in 2020, but that was it for me — was losing my grandma Mary, tearing my Achilles, I still think about Kobe every single day There’s not a day I don’t think about him,” Thompson said, via ESPN. “And not being able to have that last convo with him … it was a tough year, guys. Not only for me, but I’m sure for all of you. I’m looking forward to the future, that’s for sure.”
The Warriors can’t wait for Thompson to be back on the court with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. The sharpshooter is one of the top 3-point shooters in NBA history and an elite perimeter defender.
Since he’s suffered back-to-back devastating injuries, Klay Thompson decided to change his diet and re-evaluate his training methods. Now that he’s out of his walking boot, the Warriors star has started training as Tim Duncan did with the Spurs.
Klay Thompson swims in the San Francisco Bay
Klay Thompson swims in the chilly San Francisco Bay as part of his workout regimen. The California native says swimming has been “life-changing” for him and his body.
“It was life-changing. It was amazing. I was like, ‘I need to do this more often.’ I’m going to incorporate that into my routine now,” Thompson said. “Tim Duncan swam his whole career and he played for 21 years. These last few years have allowed me to look at things and re-evaluate how I train and how I diet, that’s for sure. As I’m getting older I’ve got to do all the little things.”
One of the best players in NBA history, Tim Duncan was a gifted swimmer. He would jump in the pool often as a way to relax his body and strengthen his shoulders. It helped Duncan play 19 years in the NBA and win five championships, two MVPs, and three Finals MVPs.
Assuming he doesn’t suffer another fluke injury, Klay Thompson will be back on the court in 2021-22 for the Warriors. The five-time All-Star holds career averages of 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.
The Warriors should compete for a title next season
Without Klay Thompson, the Warriors aren’t title contenders this season despite Stephen Curry putting up MVP numbers. However, Golden State should compete for the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2021-22 once Thompson is back in the fold.
The Warriors have won three championships and played in five NBA Finals during the Curry-Thompson era. The Splash Brothers are eager to win another ring so their critics can be quiet.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.