“Man, This Dude Just Came Off Being Injured for Over a Year and He’s Competing”: Warriors Teammate Was Embarrassed to Guard Klay Thompson in Scrimmages

Published 12/23/2021, 9:30 PM EST
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)


The Golden State Warriors have really outdone themselves so far in the 2021 NBA season. Of course, Stephen Curry deserves credit for their incredible 25-6 record in the Western Conference that is keeping their head to head with the Phoenix Suns. It looks like they might get even more dangerous as Klay Thompson is expected to return in January.

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In fact, the recent update given by Juan Toscano-Anderson about his one-on-one matchups with Klay is likely to hype fans up about his comeback even more.

Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson is seen on the bench before the start of the second half during game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on Monday, June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

Klay hasn’t played a game since the 2019 NBA Finals, before his ACL injury. As much as fans have prayed for his return, there is no guarantee that he will be the same player that they remember him to be. An injury such as the ACL greatly affects the athlete and it is why he had to sit out for so long.

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How Klay Thompson is already embarrassing Juan

Klay has been giving sneak peeks of his workouts that have led fans to believe that he is better than ever. Juan’s recent confession about his practice sessions with him only confirms that theory. After their practice on Wednesday, Toscano-Anderson admitted that Klay has “embarrassed” him at times during the scrimmages.

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“Klay is like that, he is one of those dudes,” Juan added. “We scrimmaged like two weeks ago, and I was guarding Klay. And internally I was kind of embarrassed because he was scoring on me. I was like ‘man this dude just came off being injured for over a year and he’s competing,’ so that just goes to say, he looks like he hasn’t lost a step, explosive, shooting the ball, a 6’7, 6’8 guy who is strong so I’m really excited to see him back out there, both as a fan and as a teammate.”

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson celebrate after a Curry score in the third quarter during Game 7 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

Although the assumption was that Thompson will be returning by Christmas Day games, the date has been moved up.

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Now, the fans have to wait until January and if he is as brilliant as he seems, then the teams in the West are headed for more trouble than the Golden State Warriors are already giving them.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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