We got word back in June that the Golden State Warriors were preparing for Klay Thompson to return to an NBA floor sometime in either February or March of 2020. The sharp-shooting guard tore his ACL in the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, putting Golden State’s future in question.
Thompson is trying to make the best of things this summer, working on his rehab and getting back to playing as quick as possible. Still, the prognosis for Thompson includes a long period where he won’t be able to be on the floor.
According to Thompson, he says that he doubts he will be back before the All-Star Game in Chicago in 2020.
Via LA Times:
“I feel good,” Thompson said. “I’m going to come back 110% .”
Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the procedure on Thompson at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, and Thompson said he is on track to return to the court at some point next season.
“That’s my goal,” Thompson said. “I doubt I’ll be back before the All-Star break, but I want to be back this season.”
Thompson seems to be in pretty good spirits about his injury, and has said several times that he wants to come back even stronger than ever.
That’s excellent news for Golden State, a team that will need his services after losing Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets this summer.
ACL injuries are pretty common, and they are one of the few that NBA players can suffer and come back just as potent. Baron Davis, Jamal Crawford, and Kyle Lowry have all torn their ACLs before, so Thompson’s outlook is pretty solid.
The West is going to be tough next season, and the Warriors are going to need Thompson if they want to make playoffs and try to continue their run of making the NBA Finals.