The Golden State Warriors already have the best record in the league, now there is more good news: Klay Thompson received medical clearance and was able to participate in full team training for the first time on Tuesday.
For Thompson, it was the first full session with the team since he tore his cruciate ligament in his left knee in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. In November 2020, he also tore the right Achilles tendon. “It’s so exciting,” the 31-year-old said happily afterwards.
“Finally running on the court again, playing basketball is a blessing and it makes the job easier. The boring stuff is over, now it’s about getting ready to play again. I can’t rush, though I would love to, but I’m so grateful to be able to play again. ”
A report circulated recently that Thompson may return to court the week before Christmas. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, however, stressed that it was not yet decided: “There is no target date. That should change in a few weeks, but we will give him time for now.”
Thompson himself said that despite all the anticipation, he didn’t want to be too quick in order to get back to his usual level as soon as possible. “I don’t want to go back and be a shadow of myself,” said the three-time champion. “I want to go back to how I last played as one of the best players in the world.”
Klay Thompson thinks Warriors are ready for the title
Thompson averaged 21.5 points in his final season with the 2018/19 Warriors, was voted All-Star for the fifth time, and was voted into the All-Defensive Team for the only time so far. The Warriors reached the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive time, but lost to the Toronto Raptors.
If Thompson is successful, however, a return to the top could work this season. “We’re at 15-2,” Klay said of his team’s chances of winning the title. “It’s a good indicator, our defense and our offense are each in the top 3 – I’m not even playing yet. Think about it. Really think about it. I’m more motivated than ever. I really want to win a championship. “
For now, the Warriors are on the verge of becoming complete again. In addition to Thompson, there is another convalescent in James Wiseman – as Kerr pointed out on Tuesday, there is still no release for the young Big Man after his meniscus tear. “We want to be as careful with him as possible,” Kerr said.