Warriors guard Klay Thompson has overcome one of the toughest trips possible to get back on the basketball court. To be exact, 941 days the shooting guard waited for the opportunity — rehab for an ACL injury in his left knee and a ruptured right Achilles tendon — to don a Warriors uniform for an NBA game in January.
However, when the Warriors defeated the Celtics last month to claim their fourth NBA title in the past eight seasons, Thompson’s journey back to the hardwoods had a different level of appreciation behind it. While his production has fluctuated in the season, Thompson’s father, Michal, believes the world hasn’t seen the best version of his son after injuries.
“Clay will be better next year because he will have off-season training and [he’s] “Far from his injury, so he will be fine,” said Michal. 95.7 Willard & Dibs Game Show.
As the two-time NBA champion embraces his son’s continued growth, Mychal has also shared that he was more concerned about Clay’s defense and if he’d be able to stay ahead of the players the way he was able before the injuries.
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“he is [Klay] Play a great defense against two of the league’s top scorers against them [Jaylen] brown and [Jayson] “Tatum, if you can defend these two men, stay in front of these two men, you are fine,” Michal said.
In the 2021-22 regular season, Thompson averaged 20.4 points, nearly four rebounds, and three assists per game through 32 competitions. In 22 playoffs, Thompson averaged 19 points while shooting 42.9% from the floor and 38.5% from outside the arc.
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