Klay Thompson Expected to be Back with Golden State Warriors by Christmas
Klay Thompson is set to return to the Golden State Warriors sooner rather than later.
As the first place Warriors continue to dominate the rest of the league in the early goings of the regular season, they are expecting a huge boost in the next month as they look to work their way back into the NBA title picture in this season’s playoffs.
According to sources close to the team, Thompson has been cleared for full contact work and has began participating in some 5-on-5 drills at Warriors practices. The second half of the Splash Brothers is working back from a torn Achilles that he suffered in November 2020, following a torn ACL in June of 2019.
“He played 5-on-5 [Monday] and then I think he’s going to play 5-on-5 [Wednesday],” Steve Kerr said after Tuesday’s 117-99 win over the Brooklyn Nets. “James [Wiseman] did not play. He hasn’t been cleared yet for 5-on-5, but Klay did, and I got good reports and he’s got to keep going. A two-year absence requires a lot of work. Not just a rehab, but the endurance, the strength, so it’s great that he’s playing 5-on-5 but it doesn’t mean he’s going to be ready to step on an NBA floor next week or something, but he’s progressing really well.”
The Warriors are hopeful that Thompson will be back on the floor with the team by Christmas.
“It’s huge,” Draymond Green said of Thompson’s pending return. “From a mental standpoint alone, just huge. So I think it also helps with the way other teams view you as well. So we’re looking forward to getting him back. We know what he brings to the table. We’re not expecting him to be Klay Thompson of 2018 right away, but he’s worked his ass off. He’s worked his ass off for this moment, and I’m looking forward to getting him back out there.”
Thompson has not played in an NBA game since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.