After the Golden State Warriors’ seventh title, a few numbers stood out in the last two campaigns the team had come out of the playoffs (with the right to last place in the West in 19/20) until another title NBA. Klay Thompson personally represents what felt like the end of an era in the team’s rebirth after suffering two serious injuries that sidelined him for more than two years. The guard returned in January of this year and was an important part of Golden State.
Klay Thompson was picked 11th by the Golden State Warriors in the 2011 draft, and so alongside Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, they form a historic NBA trio. Like him too, Curry and Green were drafted by the Warriors and always defended only the same team, laying the foundation for a hugely winning team with four titles. Klay Thompson has always been a player who, alongside Steph Curry, imposed his own style of play on the side that dominated the league, it’s no wonder the current champions have reached an incredible six finals contested over the past eight seasons. The Splash Brothers revolutionized the way the NBA is played today, with their volume and efficiency in three-point shooting, forming a deadly offensive duo that annoys any opponent.
As of June 13, 2019, his career has had an unforgettable negative milestone that could make Klay Thompson take a new turn in the NBA. Thompson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Game 6 of the Finals against the Toronto Raptors (the Canadian team title game), a complex injury that requires at least six to eight months of recovery , and how Golden State Warriors missed the playoffs 19-20, causing them to miss the season entirely and not return until the following season.
After missing an entire season, which would be bad enough for a top athlete, another unfortunate thing happened to the 11 jersey that made every NBA basketball player and spectator fear for his future in the sport, another serious injury suffered. . While preparing for the 20/21 season, the winger tore the Achilles tendon in his right foot in training in November, an injury even more complex than the previous one, as it seriously compromises the ability to move a person’s feet/legs. and the full recovery period can be up to a year, which is terrible for a basketball player who needs to be on the move constantly, as it’s a very dynamic sport. On November 28, 2021, Klay Thompson took an important step towards his return to the NBA, he went to the Santa Cruz Warriors, an affiliate of the Golden State Warriors in the G-League (NBA development league), to recondition himself physically before returning to the the main team.
After two serious injuries and an arduous recovery period, on January 9 of this year and on the verge of completing two years and seven months without entering the court for an NBA game, Klay finally returned in a game against the Clevelands. Cavaliers, at Chase Center, a new Golden State arena that had yet to play; the comeback was worthy of his quality, 17 points in 20 minutes played in the team’s 96 x 82 win. made playoff history and also on the NBA Finals Most Threes list; was decisive in the games that gave the California team the qualification against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Dallas Mavericks, scoring 30 points (eight balls from the perimeter) and 32 points (eight balls from the perimeter) respectively. Klay Thompson ended up with very good numbers for so many inactives, averaging 20.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in the regular season and 19 points and 3.9 rebounds in the playoffs.
Klay Thompson is under contract with the current franchise until 23/24 and is 32 years old, with at least three to four years older than good basketball, or is that more? The four-time NBA champion has already shown that commitment and overcoming depend only on him.
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