The perennial All-Star tore his proper Achilles tendon throughout a exercise on Wednesday, and an MRI scan in Los Angeles confirmed the seriousness of Thompson’s damage, stated the Warriors on its web site.
Based on ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Thompson is anticipated to make a full restoration.Thompson’s agent Greg Lawrence estimates that his shopper will return in time for the 2021-22 season.
“Klay has a strength of mind however proper now it is a powerful day for him,” Warriors common supervisor Bob Myers stated. “It hurts. He’ll get to a spot, I believe, the place he is on the highway. However proper now, such as you or I or anyone, this can be a powerful day for him to listen to that information. It is arduous. It is powerful.”
Myers additionally paid tribute to Thompson as a teammate and as a participant, noting that he was “universally beloved” throughout the league.
“How your friends really feel about you in life I believe says greater than the rest,” added Myers. “I actually imagine that. And I believe that he’s admired inside. He is admired with out.
“And you’ll’t put in phrases what he means to our staff. What he means to our followers, our teaching workers, his teammates.”
Myers additionally stated he’s involved going into the upcoming season given Thompson’s absence.
With out the 30-year-old, and in addition his fellow All-Star teammate Steph Curry for a lot of the season, the Warriors completed 15-50 — the worst document within the league — and did not make the playoffs for the primary yr since 2011-12.
“I am unable to sit right here and say I really feel good,” Myers stated. “I’ve confidence in our gamers. I’ve confidence in our coaches. I’ve confidence in our possession. We will hold shifting. We’re by no means going to cease. However to be truthful, it hurts. It hurts me and I do know it hurts our group.”
Thompson’s absence will put extra stress on rookie James Wiseman, who the Warriors drafted with the second total decide within the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday.
Wiseman performs heart, not Thompson’s place of taking pictures guard, however might want to ship alongside Curry and Draymond Inexperienced to ensure the 2020-21 season is not one other bust.
The core three of Curry, Thompson and the 30-year-old Inexperienced has helped the Warriors set up a dynastic facet, profitable three NBA titles in 5 consecutive Finals appearances.
However Curry has had his damage issues and is now 32. And with Thompson’s newest setback, it’s arduous to see that the Warriors return to the highs of their current historical past.