Leave it to Warriors guard Klay Thompson to break a bit of news while cruising his boat around the San Francisco Bay.
Thompson has taken to the water an increasing amount lately — either that, or he’s been having more live video chats from the boat with his followers on social media. On Friday, Thompson revealed when he expects to return from his Achilles tendon injury, not to mention his torn ACL suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals.
Here’s the man himself talking to his people, via a screen capture from The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.
The 12-month recovery time for an Achilles tear is well-known information, but it hits different to hear Thompson say that’s his target. With a Nov. 25 injury date, that of course has Thompson returning on the same date later this year. It would be easy to believe that Thompson is eagerly rushing his rehab, but it appears he’s being smart about his return.
With the NBA season schedule set to return to normal, the campaign would start on Oct. 19. So for now, we can figure Thompson will miss a little over a month of the season.
That hurts Golden State’s chances a bit, but Thompson apparently wants to come back at full strength and make his return worth he wait. It’s the only way to play this situation — Thompson has missed an incredible two seasons in a row.
It will be difficult for everyone to wait just a bit longer, especially Thomson. He and his fellow three-time NBA champions, superstars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, have big plans next year, and save for Klay, nobody is anticipating Thompson’s return more than they are, along with coach Steve Kerr.
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