The quarantine is in full effect, and it’s starting to take its toll on some of the league’s players, including Golden State Warriors’ star Klay Thompson.
Golden State Warriors’ five-time All-Star Klay Thompson has had enough of this quarantine, one that’s kept the NBA off the court for the last month and a half. While nothing is guaranteed, there could be hope coming in the near future.
A return to normalcy may be on the horizon, but it’s not quite here yet. NBA facilities have yet to open, but plans are, given any state orders are followed, that teams start to return to the court on an individual, volunteer basis on May 1.
Thompson will be thankful for that return as he’s grown “frustrated” that he can’t continue working out with his teammates.
“He’s frustrated he can’t work out with his teammates. He just works out on his own like everybody else. He can’t work out with other guys in groups. You have to find a place to shoot on your own and do your own exercises. These guys know what to do. You run your sprints alone and can find an empty gym. Get a key to an empty gym and go shoot. All of these guys have connections to a gym,” Mychal Thompson (Klay’s dad) told USA Today’s Mark Medina.
That said, hopefully, in the near future, the Warriors will be able to return to the court in those individual workouts. However, it seems unlikely as Los Angeles is still seeing a striking number of coronavirus cases.
Not having played a single game, all Thompson’s done this season is workout, continue his rehab and support from the sideline. Sadly, that’s all because of a torn ACL which he sustained in the third quarter of the 2019 NBA Finals Game 6.
He has been seen shooting around though, and it’s clear Thompson is getting stronger.
After signing a max-value contract this past offseason, the Warriors will be expecting their five-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion to come back at an All-NBA level, one he was playing at before that Danny Green-challenged dunk changed his career.
There’s no denying this quarantine is taking its toll on players. It’s not easy for the bulk of the United States as many have lost their jobs or at the very least seen their lives completely altered.
Hopefully, this ends in the near future, but that seems like a pipe dream.