It has been a long process for All-Star guard Klay Thompson as he continues to make his way back from a torn ACL that occurred nearly a year ago. He has moved forward in his recovery, but that hasn’t seen him availability time frame move up as the Golden State Warriors have remained cautious with the entire matter to avoid any setback from happening in Thompson’s rehab. That said, the Warriors may have finally heard what they were having waiting for concerning their star guard.
Klay Thompson’s injury
Before suffering a torn ACL last June in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, Klay Thompson had not experienced any significant injuries.
Thompson was one of the league’s most durable players as he played 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. That has made the injury that much more difficult for him to continue to remain patient with the process. He has played a massive part in the franchise’s success over the last several years that made Golden State the top team in the league.
The 30-year-old has continued to stay on a steady progressive path in his recovery with him not experiencing any setbacks. Thompson has now taken another significant step forward in his rehab.
Klay Thompson gets medical clearance
The Warriors have remained patient with the entire recovery process regarding Klay Thompson.
Golden State was initially hopeful that Thompson would return this season but backed off that stance by instead taking a more precautions approach. That looks to have paid off with the star guard clearing yet another significant obstacle as he has begun training without restrictions over the last few weeks, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
One of the largest early hurdles for the Warriors’ long offseason has been cleared. Klay Thompson, nearing the one-year anniversary of his left ACL surgery, has been training without restriction on his healed knee, sources told The Athletic. He received the final medical clearance a couple weeks back and has been ramping up his workouts since, including a high-octane session on Thursday.
That is a significant step forward as that allows Thompson to now test his leg through more intense rigors in a workout. That will provide a real test of how healthy his knee is now at this point in his recovery. There should be more clarity on this front over the next few weeks as he gets back into physical shape to play basketball.
When to expect Klay Thompson back
That is a huge step forward for Klay Thompson in his recovery from the first serious injury in his career.
There still several more critical parts of his recovery that he must go through first such as participating one-on-one through to five-on-five workouts before he can have a legitimate timeline. The Warriors have been patient throughout the recovery, but it’s becoming clear that he’s moving closer to being back on the court alongside Stephen Curry.
With the 2019-20 season expected to be resumed next month, the 2019-20 season is scheduled to start in December. That provides Thompson a more extended time table to get his body right to be ready to go without a hitch. The Warriors will continue to keep an eye on their All-Star guard’s progress in his recovery over the next few months that should provide them clarity about his status to begin next season.