Since suffering a torn ACL in the NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has continued on his steady path towards a full recovery. Although the Warriors have kept it mum about when exactly he could see the floor this season, there hasn’t been much about where he is in the extensive rehab process from the injury. However, Thompson has recently taken an important step forward towards working his way back into the mix.
Klay Thompson’s injury
The Warriors fell just short of winning their third straight NBA title by falling in six games against the Toronto Raptors.
It was a series that was impacted greatly by injuries, which saw Thompson suffer his torn ACL in Game 6 after landing awkwardly after an attempted dunk. That has marked the first significant injury of his career as he had proven to be quite a durable player. He played in at least 73 regular-season games in each of the last seven years, including an entire 82-game slate and more than 80 three times.
It’s a setback that has kept him out of the mix for the last several months, which marks the first time in his career that he hasn’t played in at least 66 games in a season. However, it appears that Thompson has taken a major step in the right direction in his recovery.
Klay Thompson taking part in shooting drills
Over the last two months, there hasn’t been much information on the front concerning where in the rehab process that Thompson has progressed.
The only indication is that he continues to move forward towards his full recovery. There was a bit of a promising sight on Tuesday afternoon after practice as he was putting up shots.
Thompson may not have much physical movement, but the fact that he’s taking set shots is an encouraging sign as he’s over five months removed from the surgery. More importantly, it signals that he’s doing some extent of on-the-court activity at this point that is at least testing the strength of his leg in some capacity.
The Warriors have remained quite cautious and patient with the entire process by allowing Thompson to move forward at his own pace. The team knows that he’s dealing with an injury that typically takes between nine months to a year to fully recover. At the same time, it brings into question whether he will even be able to return to the court this season at all.
Will Klay Thompson return this season?
Due to the numerous injuries that the Warriors have dealt with early in the season, it has kept Thompson’s recovery prevalent in discussions around the team.
There have been some possible timetables thrown out that initially had him pinned to make his return at some point after the All-Star break. However, head coach Steve Kerr voiced two months ago that there was a strong chance that Thompson could miss the entire 2019-20 season. There are many factors at play beyond his recovery, with the team potentially heading towards winding up with one of the worst records in the league.
Meanwhile, two-time league MVP Stephen Curry is sidelined with a broken wrist that has put his status for the rest of the season up in the air. It may come down to the team’s decision if they believe playing Thompson this year will be beneficial for both parties. He has a strong desire to get back on the floor at some point this season, but that is ultimately out of his hands.
If there is anything to take away, it is that Thompson continues to make positive progress in his rehab.