It is what we are all waiting for. The moment every single Golden State Warriors fan (and basketball fan, in general) can not be more excited for. Klay Thompson’s first game in more than two years will be something special.
The scheduled date for Klay’s return is sometime in Christmas. At this point, the Dubs will have already played close to half of their season. However, it is that second half of the season that will have the biggest impact on their title hopes.
Nothing will determine the Golden State Warriors’ success in the 2021-22 NBA season than Klay Thompson’s health and performance.
There is no use explaining how important Thompson is to the Warriors. He’s erupted as arguably the greatest pure 3-point shooter ever who happens to be an All-NBA caliber defender, as well. Yet, coming off two season-ending injuries and entering his 30s, it is understandable to be a bit concerned about the Splash Brother.
However, a recent interview from USA Today (paywall) provided us with more optimism for Klay’s return. According to a few doctors, Klay is in good shape.
"“The Achilles tends to be the harder injury to come back from, tends to take a lot more rehab from and can be set back by a knee injury. Because Klay tore his Achilles tendon last, it gives him more time to recover and gives him a better ability to adapt.”– Dr. Jonathan Kaplan"
Another doctor went on to say Thompson should be able to return to form.
"“I would be optimistic that he’s going to be able to get back and compete at a high level again.”– Dr. Michael G. Ciccotti"
This is crucial as there is seemingly no scenario in which the Warriors compete for a title without a healthy Klay. The sooner he can get back on the floor and regain confidence in his physical capabilities the better this team will be heading into the playoffs.
There is no replacing what Thompson brings to the Dubs. If he is unable to remain healthy — or a far cry from the elite two-way threat he once was, things could be difficult for this roster.
Nevertheless, Klay has his spirits high and the support of an entire fanbase ready to scream their lungs out once he starts drilling 3-pointers again. Here is to a speedy and successful recovery for Thompson.