Golden State Warriors star guard Klay Thompson continues to move through his recovery from his surgically-repaired Achilles tendon. However, it didn’t stop Thompson from using Halloween to honor one of the league’s greatest players in Larry Bird.
Warriors are keeping a close eye on Klay Thompson
Beyond the tribute to Bird, Thompson is on a steady path toward a return this season.
The star guard is continuing to increase his rehab workload as he gets his legs under him. Last week, head coach Steve Kerr revealed that the team is eyeing to handle Thompson’s recovery in a similar manner to DeMarcus Cousins.
“We have experience with this with DeMarcus Cousins a few years ago,” Steve Kerr said via NBC Sports Bay Area. “There’s definitely a very deliberate plan that involves more and more work, but making sure we’re not skipping any steps.”
The Warriors worked methodically with Cousins during the 2017-18 campaign. They brought him along after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in January 2017. He didn’t take the floor until the 48th game in January 2018 and played 30 regular-season games at a reduced workload of 25.7 minutes per contest.
It’s not to say that Thompson will follow the same path entirely, but the team has the blueprint for handling his playing time. It should be noted that the 31-year-old is coming off two serious leg injuries that could push the team to be more cautious.
Ultimately, the Warriors will operate with what they deem best to help Thompson get back into the fold without any setbacks.
Klay Thompson used Halloween to honor one of the greatest shooters in NBA history: ‘Larry was saucy’
As Thompson continues to recover from a torn Achilles tendon, the star guard took time to celebrate Halloween.
The five-time All-Star guard used the opportunity to honor former Celtics great Larry Bird by wearing his entire uniform, including the 1980s short-shorts look.
“Happy Halloween you filthy animals,” Thompson wrote on Instagram. “P.s. Larry was saucy.”
Bird remains one of the most influential players in league history. Alongside former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson, the two lifted the league to heights it hadn’t reached before.
The Celtics legend dominated the game behind his all-around play, leading the franchise to sustained success. Bird won three NBA titles and two Finals MVP awards in five appearances, earned three regular-season MVP awards, and received 12 All-Star selections and nine All-NBA First Team nods.
Bird still sits as the only forward to win three straight regular-season MVP awards. He also holds the NBA record, with five seasons averaging at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. Beyond that, his trash talk was legendary as he earned a prestigious reputation by backing up his overly confident banter.
Thompson showing his appreciation toward Bird, speaks to the Hall of Famer’s continued tremendous impact. He may have played his last NBA game nearly three decades ago, but his presence remains strong.
NBA players go all out for Halloween
As the 2021-22 season moves along, NBA players used Halloween to deck themselves in unique attire.
The Lakers stars embraced that opportunity as their Big 3 put on some special costumes. Russell Westbrook dressed like Chucky while LeBron James and Anthony Davis went to extra lengths to look like Freddie Krueger and The Candy Man.
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard wore Flintstones costumes with his family, and several New Orleans Pelicans players dressed up as the Average Joe’s from the Dodgeball movie. Overall, it was a unique chance for NBA players to embrace the holiday.