The Golden State Warriors issued an update about the health status of All-Star guard Klay Thompson, who is currently recovering from an Achilles injury. According to the team’s post on Twitter, Thompson “made good progress” in the rehab process and is expected to return at some point in the 2021-22 NBA season.
The Warriors followed this up with another tweet, saying that there’s still no timetable for Thompson’s return, which will be based “on his continued progress”. The 31-year-old star is expected to attend training camp, which starts in late September, where he’ll take part “in various controlled drills.”
Previous reports, including one from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, said that Golden State is optimistic that Thompson returns before the end of 2021 and hopes to have him back on the floor around Christmas.
Klay Thompson hasn’t played basketball since the 2019 NBA Finals when he suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 against the Toronto Raptors. He underwent surgery to repair the damage during the summer and missed the 2019-20 season as a result.
Thompson successfully recovered from the ACL injury by September 2020 and was set to be ready for the 2020-21 NBA season. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn Achilles during a pickup game in November and was forced to sit out another season.
The Warriors were not able to stay competitive without Thompson, failing to make the playoffs since he got injured. After finishing at No. 15 in the Western Conference in 2019-20, they improved to No. 9 last season. Still, they ended up being eliminated from the postseason conversation after losing to the Memphis Grizzlies in the Play-in Tournament.