Draymond Green Speaks Out on Klay Thompson’s Bad Days During Injury: “Somedays He’d Walk In and He Wouldn’t Talk to Anyone”

Published 01/12/2022, 5:30 PM EST

Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson made his much awaited return to the basketball court this week. He marked his return after suffering a gruesome injury during game 6 of the 2019 finals. An injury which kept him out for 941 days.


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Teammates like Stephen Curry and Draymond Green were surely hyped to see their close friend and teammate make his return. Players of the Golden State Warriors used hashtags like #KlayDay before their game.

Close friend and teammate Draymond Green recently talked about Thompson’s mindset and how he endured the tough 941 days. Talking on The Draymond Green Show, he was all praises for his teammate.


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Golden State Warriors players Draymond Green (23), Kevin Durant (35), and Klay Thompson are photographed with their Olympic gold medals during media day on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)

Draymond Green on Thompson

What helps one through tough times? It is mindset. And being out of the game for such a long time certainly needs a strong will.

Talking on his podcast, Draymond Green talked about the bad days Klay had to encounter and how he dealt with them. ” I’m looking forward to that just about as anyone, if not more,” Green said while talking about Klay’s return.

Golden State Warriors Draymond Green and Klay Thompson react to a call in the second quarter during game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

He adds, “He’s the guy I’ve worked with my entire career, have had the opportunity to win three championships with. Seeing all the good days, the bad days, it was a rollercoaster. Some days he’d walk in and he wouldn’t talk to anyone. Some days he would walk in and he was loud as hell.

Listening to Draymond gives us an idea of how tough it must have been to stay out of the court for Klay Thompson.

What kept Klay Thompson out for so long ?

During game 6 of the 2019 NBA finals against the Toronto Raptors, Klay Thompson went down on the court. He suffered an ACL injury, which kept him out for a long time.

Klay Thompson (11) reacts to a question as the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors practiced during an off day between Games 1 and 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, June 1, 2019. The Raptors lead the series 1-0. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

The Raptors went on to win the game and clinch their first championship. Despite being injured, Thompson was re-signed to the Golden State Warriors with a new five-year deal worth $190 million.

Klay Thompson returns !


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Klay Thompson made his highly anticipated return against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was unveiled to the Warriors’ home crowd as they welcomed their hero once again.

He scored 17 points on his return. Thompson looked in absolutely top shape and showed no signs of slowing down. With the return of Thompson, the Golden State Warriors have restored their ‘Big Three’ comprising Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.


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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.