Klay Thompson Shows His Unique Way to Recover After A Tiring Practice Session

Published 10/01/2021, 4:00 PM 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)


Klay Thompson, after two years of absence, is closer to his NBA comeback than he has ever been. The Golden State Warriors icon last played the 2019 NBA Finals and has been sidelined since then. While he was supposed to return last season, he suffered an Achilles injury days before the preseason games began. Now, Thompson is looking healthier than he has in a while.

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The Splash Brother is not yet cleared for all types of drills but is still back at the Warriors training camp as a full participant. Even though he might not be allowed to do contact drills just yet, Thompson seems to be enjoying and exercising all on his own.

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Klay Thompson takes a swim in the bay after Warriors practice

In an Instagram story, Thompson shared a clip of himself swimming after the Warriors practice. “On my Tim Duncan/ @m_phelps00 post practice recovery swim,” he wrote. Michael Phelps shared Thompson’s story, telling the NBA icon to ‘Get it!“.

Fans were happy to see Thompson out enjoying himself, as they reacted on social media. Some fans were aware of their own irrational thoughts, wondering if there will be sharks in the bay. Most seemed to be worried for the 31-year-old, asking him to just be safe and sound. “He’s got a great freestyle,” one fan commented, while others agreed.

Is Thompson ready for the 2021-22 NBA season?

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As mentioned, Thompson is not yet ready to play just yet. Despite that, everyone is just happy to have him back on the court. “Everyone’s excited that Klay is out on the floor,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said, adding that Thompson did everything in practice. They did not, however, scrimmage or have any live contact. “Klay is just so happy to be playing and we’re also happy to see him be a part of it“.

LOS ANGELES, CA, SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014 – Warriors guard Klay Thompson drives past Clippers guard Darren Collison during second half action in game one of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs at Staples Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Thompson has been shooting well, which was never something anyone was worried about. His movement on the court, however, will be monitored. Naturally, the team does not want to rush Thompson, who will need time to slip back into place.

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After two sub-par seasons, the Warriors are viewing the 2021-22 season as an opportunity. As Thompson gets healthier, Steph Curry and others will look to dominate the league once again.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a golf and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, she has over two years' worth of sportswriting experience at Republic World. Devika loves NBA a little too much and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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