Klay Thompson tearing his Achilles was one of the most heartbreaking news of this season – we were all excited to get the well-rested Warriors back. The first news we got was that Klay had a lower leg injury while away from the team, and for a moment, everyone hoped the injury isn’t as bad as it seemed. Once he had an MRI, we all knew Thompson was out for the year.
But, we never really found out how the injury occurred. Nowadays, players do a lot of work with their own people, away from the team. This appeared to be one of those cases when we found out Klay’s injury occurred during a session in LA. For the first time since the injury, Thompson talked about how it all went down.
“It happened on a two-dribble pull-up jumpshot. A move I do 100 times a day.”Klay Thompson, via Anthony Slater
Klay shared he didn’t react to the injury at first, ‘because my mind wouldn’t even accept what it was happening.‘ He was finally able to go full speed after recovering from an ACL, and then the worst injury in basketball hit him. It was overwhelming. After accepting the facts, Klay had to reset his patience even further than with the ACL.
“I’ll be honest, I don’t expect to come back balls to the wall, 38 minutes a night, guarding the best player, running around 100 screens. I’m going to get to that point. I guarantee that… I plan on being the All-NBA player I was. I will not settle for anything less. I’m too competitive to just take a relegated role. That’s not me. I’m too fiery just to come out there and give you 13 a game on 20 minutes. I can’t wait, man. I got a lot of pent up energy.”Klay Thompson, via Anthony Slater
That’s the best thing Warriors fans could’ve hoped to hear. Klay is on a timeline to play opening night next season. But he is being realistic – it’s not the end of the world if he still isn’t cleared on Day 1, nor should there be panic alarms if Thompson is on a minutes restriction and bricks his first 10 shots. The keyword in any injury recovery process is patience.
We need to keep in mind his last NBA game was on June 13th, 2019, and if he’s able to play in October 2021, it will be two and a half years since his last game, coming back from an ACL tear AND an Achilles tear. The Warriors’ main fuel may be joy, and people often mistake that as a lack of competitiveness or fighting attitude.
Don’t forget that on that June 13th the dude wanted to come back and play with a torn ACL. Klay’s got this.