The Golden State Warriors, who are already looking forward to life without star forward Kevin Durant, appear to be primed for a season without another sharpshooting superstar.
Just before Golden State’s Friday opener against the Los Angeles Clippers, coach Steve Kerr revealed that shooting guard Klay Thompson is not expected to play in the 2019 season after suffering a torn ACL in Game 6 of last season’s NBA Finals.
The sharpshooting Washington State alum exited in the third quarter of the series-clinching loss to the Toronto Raptors, unable to lead the Warriors back to what would have been their third consecutive Finals triumph.
Although it was long assumed that Thompson would miss a large portion of the season, Kerr’s words made official what many Golden State fans had long feared. They will be without the five-time All Star until next season, barring an unexpectedly quick recovery.
Thompson, who has averaged 19.5 points per game and established himself as one of the best shooters in the league in his eight NBA seasons, will undoubtedly be a big loss for a Golden State team that is looking to find its identity in the post-Durant era.
The Warriors will look to the newly-acquired D’Angelo Russell, acquired from the Brooklyn Nets over the offseason, to soften the blow of the loss of Thompson.