It has been nearly a year since All-Star Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL in the 2019 NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors guard has continued to stay on the path toward making a full recovery from the injury, but there has yet to be any exact time frame for his return date. Golden State has remained mum on the entire situation straying away from putting any internal pressure on getting Thompson back at a certain window of time. However, there is one concern that has arisen from his recovery process.
Klay Thompson’s injury
It has been a long road to recovery for Klay Thompson in nearly a year as it’s the first significant injury that he has dealt with in his NBA career.
Before that, Thompson had been one of the league’s most durable players that saw him take part in at least 73 regular-season games in each of his first seven seasons, including an entire 82-game slate and more than 80 three times.
Thompson has played a vital part in the Warriors’ success over the years, which his absence has played a significant impact on the team’s lack of success this season. There was some chatter that he could return in February, but the organization quickly backed off that time frame.
It hasn’t been due to a lack of progress that Thompson has made, but more so taking the precautionary route with the situation. However, there is one aspect that drawn some concern from Golden State.
The Warriors’ concerns with Klay Thompson
The Warriors have continued to remain encouraged by the work that Klay Thompson has put in his recovery.
It has been a clean process that hasn’t seen him experience any setback along the way. There is some concern in regards to another aspect of the situation as the current situation involving precaution with the coronavirus has prevented general manager Bob Myers get a good look at him in person going through his workouts, according to Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area.
“I don’t know,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers told reporters on a Monday afternoon conference call. “I think we got to take a look at him when we see him. There’s different versions of 100 percent.
“Until we kind of test him and see him and start him in 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 — and the pandemic hasn’t allowed him that opportunity to do those type of things … there’s no rush clearly.
“As far as I have heard, he’s recovering fine. There hasn’t been a setback. But one thing that’s been a little bit difficult in the last couple months is our ability to oversee those things as much as you might normally would.”
That isn’t to say that Thompson isn’t where they thought he would be in the process, but the lack of a first-hand perspective has limited their true analysis of his physical well-being. The 30-year-old is making his way back from a severe leg injury that could be a career-altering situation if not handled correctly. It’s a matter of the Warriors being unable to get a more hands-on approach over the last few months.
Warriors must remain patient with Klay Thompson
Throughout the process, the Warriors had the clarity that the recovery process would take an entire year for him to get back on the floor.
The hope was that he could play in the 2019-20 season, but that was more so optimistic thinking with the situation. Golden State has maintained the long-term goal in mind with Klay Thompson as the team is looking to bounce next year with their backcourt completely healthy with their star backcourt leading the charge.
Thompson still has plenty of time to get ready for next year, especially with it being pushed back toward the latter end of 2020 due to the anticipation resuming of the 2019-20 season on July 31. In other words, patience will be key for the Warriors.