When Klay Thompson took a knee to the head from Trevor Ariza in the Warriors’ series-clinching win over the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, he was initially just diagnosed with an ear laceration. But after the game, he was vomiting and experiencing what the Warriors called “concussion-like symptoms,” leading to a fear that Thompson had a concussion from the play.
Some preliminary good news on that front: Thompson’s agent, Bill Duffy, told USA Today‘s Sam Amick that Thompson does not have a concussion.
“My understanding is that it was negative,” his agent, Bill Duffy of BDA Sports, told USA TODAY Sports regarding the tests. “There were no issues.”
Asked if Thompson had a concussion, Duffy said, “No.”
What’s more, Duffy wanted to make clear there were no issues from his vantage point regarding the way the Warriors handled the situation. Thompson’s father, former Lakers player and current Lakers commentator Mychal Thompson, had driven him home after the game because he was not feeling well.
“I have absolutely no problems with how this was handled,” Duffy said. “I think Klay was communicated with. There was no pressure whatsoever. It’s absolute that this was handled the right way, with communication between the team and us, so I see no issue whatsoever, or no need for scrutiny. … To me, it’s a non-issue as to how it was handled.”
The caveat with Duffy’s comments is that Thompson still has to meet with a neurologist before a final verdict is made. But the fact that, at this stage, Thompson’s agent is willing to say that there is no concussion is encouraging. The Warriors have a whole week off before Game 1 of the Finals against the Cavaliers, so he’ll have plenty of time to get rest.