It has been nearly a year since Klay Thompson tore his ACL but the Golden State Warriors are still unsure of the guard’s health.
In one of the most heartbreaking seasons the Golden State Warriors have ever endured, Klay Thompson fell with a torn ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. This injury, paired with Kevin Durant tearing his Achilles just one game prior, slammed the door shut on the Warriors’ hopes for a three-peat.
Nearly a year later and the two stars are still recovering from their significant injuries. While Durant’s new team, the Brooklyn Nets, is one of the 22 teams being invited back to play in Orlando, KD has announced his season is over regardless. Meanwhile, Thompson is continuing to rehab his knee.
Thompson has yet to have any setbacks in his recovery but according to Bob Myers, the franchise is still wary of the All-Star’s health. Until Thompson is able to participate in 1-on-1 or 2-on-2 situations, they can’t be certain if he has at 100 percent.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry in this situation. The Warriors are fortunate that next season will be delayed, removing any pressure for Thompson to rush his recovery and return before tip-off.
Now, Thompson will have plenty of time to focus on his rehabilitation. It is vital that Thompson is ready to play at a high level when he returns as the franchise looks to reverse the biggest single-season drop in win percentage of all-time.
Golden State won’t have a chance of making the playoffs next season if Thompson is unable to play a majority of the games. His importance on both ends of the floor can’t go understated. We can fully expect the Warriors to be cautious with Klay until they feel he is 100 percent ready to participate in practice again.