‘Going to Be So Emotional’: Warriors Coach Excited About Klay Thompson’s Chase Center Debut

Published 09/24/2021, 10:16 AM EDT
Klay Thompson participates in a Golden State Warriors practice at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 before Thursday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


Three-time NBA champion Klay Thompson has missed two straight seasons due to injury. He missed the 2019-20 and 2020-21 NBA seasons due to a torn ACL and a torn Achilles. Ahead of the 2019-2o season, Klay went through a successful ACL surgery and missed the entire campaign. However, he tore his right Achilles in a pickup game ahead of last season that ruled him out for another season.

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Jun 13, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) reacts after an injury during the third quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game six of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-404670 ORIG FILE ID: 20190613_pjc_st3_075.JPG

But the 31-year-old shooting guard has been working hard throughout the off-season to come back stronger for the 2021-22 NBA season. The Warriors expect Klay to take part in the training camp soon. Finally, Warriors fans will be able to see Klay back on the court again. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is excited about Klay’s return and is looking forward to watching him on the court. In a recent interview on ‘The TK Show’, Steve Kerr talks about how special it would be to see Klay’s comeback.

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Steve Kerr is excited about Klay Thompson’s return

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has appeared in a recent episode of ‘The TK Show’. During the show, he talked about the Warriors’ training camp and provided a major update on Klay Thompson’s return. He also talked about how special it would be to see Klay at his Chase Center debut.

“I do know that from watching him every day on the court, he’s really moving well, he’s in good shape, he’s happy, he’s excited to be back out on the floor with the guys,” Kerr said on ‘The TK Show‘.

“The light is finally at the end of the tunnel, and I keep thinking about that moment where he steps out onto (the floor) at (Chase Center) for the first time, it’s going to be so emotional.

“You think about everything Klay means to this franchise, what he means to our fanbase and what he has gone through the last two years just to get to this stage. He’s finally on the cusp, and he feels it. You can see it in his walk, he’s excited, and he’s getting close.”

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Klay Thompson last played in game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. He had to depart midway during the third quarter due to a torn ACL. The Warrior lost the game and eventually lost the series to Toronto Raptors as they failed to complete a three-peat.

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Golden State Warriors have played their home games at the Chase Center for the past two seasons. Earlier, they played their home games at the Oracle Arena. The ‘Splash Brothers’ helped the Warriors win three NBA championships at the Oracle Arena. For how Klay Thompson’s comeback will impact Golden State Warriors’ championship hopes remains to be seen.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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