The rich are about to get richer. The Golden State Warriors, who already own the league’s second-best record and have one of the top MVP contenders for Stephen Curry and top contenders for Defensive Player of the Year at Draymond Green, are set to add the one of the greatest shooters in history. to their team.
That shooter, of course, would be Klay Thompson, who will make his long-awaited return to NBA action on Sunday against the Cavaliers, the Warriors star announced via Instagram on Saturday.
After tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 Finals, and then tearing his Achilles tendon just before the start of the 2020-21 season, Thompson did not play in a basketball game in the NBA for over two and a half years. And for all of their success so far, the Warriors need him.
Quietly, the Warriors have the 26th classified offense since Dec. 1 by Cleaning the Glass, and Stephen Curry is having the worst shooting season of his career at 38.8% versus 3 and 42% on the field.
It’s unclear how long it will take for Thompson to regain his playing legs, let alone his full basketball pace, and who knows if physically he will ever be quite the same one day, but we do know that he will. can shoot in his sleep. And as long as he can, the Defenses won’t be able to sell Curry with relative impunity, not with Green at the helm of the 4-on-3 advantage and Thompson one dead waiting to shoot.
Thompson, for his part, intends to prove that he is still himself. Fueled by being kicked off the NBA 75 roster last year, Thompson said in a recent interview that he wanted “revenge.”
“I know myself. I know how good I am. I know what I’ve been up to,” Thompson said. “It’s like – how many times do I have to do something that no one else has done before and get respect? Do I have to score 50 points in a quarterback now? It’s? This is rubbish, man. It’s over, I’m gonna use it for fuel.
“I am excited to go out and prove to people who I am,” Thompson continued. “I know they forgot because I’ve been out for two years, but I’ve never been so hungry to see this stuff. I’ve never been hungrier. And the best way to get revenge is to win. Seriously. “
Steve Kerr has previously stated that Thompson will be in the starting lineup upon his return, making Jordan Poole the sixth male role. Poole is a tailored goalscorer off the bench.
It’s going to be a good time when Thompson returns in front of his home fans. He is beloved in the Bay Area and in the league as a whole. You would be hard pressed to find a more popular player among his NBA peers. Everyone, even teams competing against Golden State for a title, will be happy to see Thompson back on the field.