The Golden State Warriors have ventured the last two seasons without star guard Klay Thompson due to significant injuries. Thompson remains on a steady path in his recovery from a torn ACL and torn Achilles tendon. The five-time All-Star just gave Warriors fans another huge reason to spew excitement over his recovery.
Klay Thompson misses last two seasons due to injuries
It’s been nothing short of a rough last two years for Thompson due to significant injuries.
The All-Star guard initially hoped to return to play the 2020-21 campaign after spending more than a year recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. However, Thompson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon during a workout last November, effectively sidelining him for the entire season.
Before the pair of injuries, the 31-year-old was one of the league’s most durable players through his first seven seasons. He played in at least 73 regular-season games in each campaign, including at least 80 contests three times.
Thompson continues to push through his recovery, which he recently gave Warriors fans another reason to be excited about his improving health.
Klay Thompson’s 52-second workout video has Warriors fans eager about his imminent return
Thompson has ventured through an arduous journey over the last two years to return to the court.
The 31-year-old continues to take significant strides forward with ever-increasing on-court work and drills. The star guard recently gave an inside peek of his workouts after posting a video of him draining 10 consecutive 3-pointers.
“I’m just happy to be making progress on the daily,” Thompson wrote as the caption. “Can’t wait to hoop again.”
Thompson is inching closer to making his return in the 2021-22 season. The Warriors are taking the precautionary approach as he’s making his way back from a pair of serious injuries.
Despite his burning desire to be back sooner, Thompson is following the recommended steps to back into form to handle the physical workload. Nonetheless, it’s another promising sign that he’s making considerable progress.
Warriors are targeting a Christmas Day return
With Thompson continuing to move forward in his recovery, it lends to more pressing questions concerning his expected return date.
The Warriors have attempted to keep it ambiguous to avoid pressuring him back on the court before he’s physically ready. However, ESPN NBA reporter Ramona Shelburne recently voiced that Golden State is eyeing a Christmas Day return against the Phoenix Suns.
“He’s doing well in his recovery, but the Warriors are targeting that Christmas day game against the [Phoenix] Suns for his return,” Shelburne said on ESPN’s “The Jump” via NBC Sports Bay Area. “He could come back a little bit before that, but in terms of getting his conditioning right, they are targeting the Christmas day game against the Suns. I know that sounds a little late to people, but he was injured on November 18th, so this is 13 months from an Achilles injury.”
Shelburne’s comments lend to Thompson potentially being back before that date, but the proposed timeframe sits just over two months into the 2021-22 season. The Warriors are in no rush to bring him back before he’s ready, making the Christmas Day return date a safe target date.
Thompson’s return will provide a significant boost as he’s one of the league’s top guards and two-way players. When healthy, he and Stephen Curry form arguably the league’s best backcourt. He’s one of the NBA’s best 3-point shooters, holding a career mark of 41.9% from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, he’s averaged at least 20.0 points per contest in his last five full seasons.