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Klay Thompson explains why he didn’t play basketball much over the summer - “It was really hard for me to get out of it, mentally”

While Thompson may end up not being ready for the start of the Warriors season, Golden State surely won't mind if it ends up leading to another title this season
Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson

The Golden State Warriors are set to kick off their reign as defending NBA champions. Repeating as champions will certainly be easier said than done, which is why having star guard Klay Thompson back for the entire season will help greatly. Thompson returned midway through last year after missing the entirety of the past two seasons due to injuries, and his return helped Golden State win their fourth title in eight years.

Klay on his offseason after the Warriors' title

Thompson's return to the court wasn't without its roadblocks, and it was clear he was still adjusting to playing the most competitive level of basketball you can play throughout the season. Thompson eventually found his way, but it may take him some time to adapt to playing in the NBA again this season.

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It's safe to say the Warriors had a hectic offseason, which took its toll on Thompson for obvious reasons. Combine that with the fact he tore his Achilles last offseason while playing pickup basketball, and it resulted in a pretty quiet offseason for Thompson when it came to playing basketball. Thompson said he struggled mentally with getting ready for the upcoming season, which may impact him starting the season.

"I didn't play much this summer. With what I went through the last summer, I was healthy, popping my Achilles, it was really hard for me to get out of it, mentally. It's hard to explain. It's a mental block or something. I'm going to face it one day, but this season was so taxing, just coming back. It was hard to win a championship and then play a month later," Klay Thompson said via ESPN.

Klay's cautious approach should only help the Warriors

Even though Thompson found his way back on the court last season and helped the Warriors win a title, it's clear he's still dealing with the mental strain that came with the injuries he has recently dealt with. Thompson missed an incredibly long time being sidelined with those injuries, and the rehab during that time had to be excruciating. Thompson doesn't want to suffer another injury so soon after returning to the court.

The Warriors would like to have Thompson available for every game, but that may be impossible. Thompson will likely be ready for the start of the season, but Golden State may have to ease him into the action after his quiet offseason. It's not ideal, but preserving Thompson's health is more important.

Of course, if it allows Thompson to be in tip-top shape by the time the playoffs roll around, the Warriors surely won't care. Golden State will need Thompson at 100 percent if they want to repeat as champions, and if that means they need to ease him into action again this season, then so be it. Thompson's cautious approach could end up paying dividends for the Warriors, and it will be worth keeping an eye on his status ahead of the regular season.

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