Golden State Warriors

Klay Thompson cleared for unrestricted practice, set for Christmastime return

Finally, it appears that the return of Warriors guard Klay Thompson is well within sight.

After missing two seasons of professional basketball, Thompson’s injuries are all healed up, and now the Warriors will gradually increase his activity so he’s properly conditioned to play an NBA game by Christmas Day or shortly thereafter.

That’s according to a report from The Athletic. Here’s a portion of his article, which was amazing to read for me personally. After years of having to forget about Thompson and put his return on the back burner, it’s finally getting real.

Barring setbacks, either Dec. 20 against the Kings or Dec. 23 against the Grizzlies are expected comeback dates before the marquee matchup on Christmas Day in Phoenix. If Thompson does not return during that pocket of games, the Warriors also have two off days after the Christmas Day game prior to a Dec. 28 home game against the Nuggets.

Anthony Slater/Shams Charania/The Athletic

Somebody pinch me, I must be dreaming.

The report also stated that Thompson has already graduated from playing 3-on-3 and will now play 5-on-5 with the Warriors players on the back-end of the rotation as he regains his conditioning. Golden State brought outside players in already to give Thompson some full-court run, and he reportedly looked good.

The Warriors have the NBA’s best record without Thompson, who is one of the best 3-point shooters of all time and a three-time NBA champ. As long as he remains healthy, whatever he can give Golden State should vault the team to yet another level. And of course, his slated Christmastime return will make for a holiday season to remember for the Warriors and Dub Nation.

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