The ‘Splash Brothers’ reunion between Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry will have to wait until 2021.
Thompson, who has played for the Golden State Warriors since 2011, will miss the coming season with an Achilles injury. The five-time All-Star missed all of last season with a torn ACL.
The duo of Curry and Draymond Green will have to carry the Warriors in Thompson’s absence. Curry recently sent a dire message to Thompson, his longtime shooting partner and ‘Splash Brother.’
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry have been teammates since 2011
It took a bit before Curry — who battled ankle injuries earlier in his career — and Thompson clicked together. When that happened, and the ‘Splash Brothers’ were born, NBA teams rightfully quaked in their newest Jordan sneakers.
Thompson is 18th with 1,798 made threes, and he did all of that damage from December 2011-June 2019.
Golden State has won three NBA championships in the Curry and Thompson era. The Warriors made another two NBA Finals and hope to reach at least one more before both hang up their sneakers.
Curry will play the 2020-21 season without Thompson
Curry, now healthy, will be without his dear friend once again this season. Thompson tore his Achilles in November and is expected to miss the entire 2020-21 campaign.
An Achilles tendon injury is often career-altering in any sport. Kobe Bryant suffered that injury at 34 years old — Thompon turns 31 next February — but it was clear watching Bryant afterward that he wasn’t the same.
The Golden State Warriors will have to persevere without the five-time All-Star drilling threes. Andrew Wiggins is expected to start at shooting guard in Thompson’s absence.
Stephen Curry sent Klay Thompson a dire message
Save taking over the all-time 3-pointer record, Stephen Curry has done everything imaginable in his career.
Still, the three-time champion will understandably miss Klay Thompson’s presence on the court. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Curry “broke down in tears” when he found out Thompson wouldn’t play this season.
On a phone call with Thompson, Curry gave his longtime teammate an important message.
“Be around the team as much as you can this season. We need you.”
Barring any sudden cancelations, the Golden State Warriors will open the 2020-21 season on Tuesday, December 22, against the Brooklyn Nets. It is the first time that Curry and his Warriors teammates will face Kevin Durant, who spent three years playing next to the ‘Splash Brothers.’
Golden State will play its first three games on the road before hosting Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers on January 1.