The Golden State Warriors were hit with a significant blow last week after losing Klay Thompson to a season-ending torn Achilles tendon. The injury pushes Thompson out of action for another campaign and makes his comeback attempt that much more challenging. In response to the news, Stephen Curry expressed his honest reaction to the franchise-changing situation.
Klay Thompson suffers season-ending torn Achilles tendon
The Warriors garnered plenty of buzz ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, but that optimism took a gigantic gut punch.
The Warriors suffered a tremendous loss after star guard Klay Thompson tore his Achilles tendon last week during a pickup game.
Thompson had already cleared the massive hurdle to get back on the court and was geared toward starting next season without a hitch. The injury will force him to miss the entire year, putting him out of NBA action for more than two years in total.
The 31-year-old is coming off the second straight significant injury that has put serious questions around his NBA future. Thompson will have to make his way back from a severe injury on each leg that could potentially put his best days behind him.
The entire situation led to an interesting reaction from his longtime teammate Stephen Curry.
Stephen Curry’s reaction to Klay Thompson’s injury
Throughout nearly the last decade, the Warriors have been guided to tremendous success behind their star-studded backcourt.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have anchored the core group that has seen them build an incredibly strong bond. During a recent interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Curry voiced that he shed a few tears after learning about Thompson’s injury.
“He’s the best 2-guard in the league,” Curry said. “To get that call was a gut punch for sure. A lot of tears. You don’t really know what to say because a guy like that is having to go through two pretty serious rehabs now. But at the end of the day, we have to have his back. We hope that he is around and a part of what we do through his rehab and staying connected with us.
The two star guards share a brotherly bond behind what they have been through over the years with the franchise. Thompson’s uphill battle with another significant injury puts his career path at a trying crossroad. Curry’s tremendous respect led to his strong reaction to the situation that changes his teammate’s NBA future.
The two-time league MVP has had his share of injuries, but nothing to the extent that Thompson has and will go through over the next nine months to a year. The question now becomes how the Warriors will fare without one of their core pieces next season.
Warriors have tough hurdles to climb in the West
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With Klay Thompson out of the mix for the 2020-21 season, the game plan has shifted dramatically in Golden State.
Stephen Curry will continue to be the offensive focal point, while Draymond Green anchors their defensive identity. The other pieces around them will have to step up in a significant fashion alongside them.
Andrew Wiggins will have the chance to become the dependable secondary scoring option. Kelly Oubre has already voiced he wants to remain with the Warriors for the long haul, which will require him to provide offensive production and versatility.
Rookie big man James Wiseman could be the wildcard, but he’s stepping into an extremely stable situation. Wiseman has much offensive development ahead, but he can be an immediate factor on both ends of the floor.
Curry has the utmost confidence in his ability and the team, but the LA Lakers are the measuring bar for the rest of the Western Conference. There is an uphill battle ahead, but the Warriors appear ready for the challenge.