‘Really Locked In’: Warriors’ Teammate Reveals How Klay Thompson is Sprinting Towards a Solid Comeback

Published 08/10/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Klay Thompson makes his way to the interview room as the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors practiced before Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday, June 9, 2019. The Raptors lead the series 3-1 (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


The 2020-21 NBA season was strange in a way that it saw so many stars getting injured throughout the year. But it also witnessed probably the greatest ever comeback from an Achilles injury every time Kevin Durant played a game. Now, will the Warriors’ Klay Thompson be able to do something similar when he hits the court in 2021-22?

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Klay is currently making the most of his rehabilitation months by sailing across the Bay Area. But the ones who have the liberty to follow his recovery understand that the 31-YO is itching to don the Dubs Nation jersey.

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Kevon Looney shared his understanding about the whole new Klay Thompson

Center-forward Kevon Looney joined the Warriors in 2015 and won two rings with them. Looney, who has been a crucial center replacement option in the past, started almost half of the Warriors’ games last season in the absence of rookie James Wiseman. 

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Recently, he was in Las Vegas to cheer up the Warriors’ new picks for their Summer League game against the Orlando Magic. Meanwhile, he took time to give a short interview where he discussed the recovery status of Klay Thompson.

January 25, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The 25-YO confidently expressed, “He’s doing good. His rehab is going to be a long process, but he’s looking really good now. He’s getting stronger… He’s really attacking, he’s really locked in. It’s probably the most focused I’ve probably seen Klay in a long time. So I’m really excited to get him back.”

Last year on November 7, Klay had talked about toughening up for the upcoming season. Little did he know he was four weeks away from re-injuring himself.

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Klay has been practicing shooting in the few released videos of his practice workouts. Plus, he took some cross-sport lessons from the recent visit to legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao. If anything, one can expect him to check the 1 to 3 of the rival teams, making a strong defensive case using his sturdy core strength.

As Kevon further added about Klay’s itch for a comeback, I know he wants to be back on the court. We don’t know when he’s going to be back, for opening day or whatever, but we know when he gets back, he’s gonna be ready. He’s gonna look really good.”

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His outside shooting can also see a rise in the number of attempts because the star might not risk much contact inside the paint. Even if he comes back by December, coach Steve Kerr would take months to hand him more time on court so as to keep him away from yet another injury. 

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So yes, the Wet Fire of Space Jam 2 might make a decent comeback if everything goes as planned. Do you think he would be as impactful as KD was for the Nets? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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