Warriors’ Klay Thompson Has a Life-Altering Epiphany as he Continues His Days in Rehab

Published 03/14/2021, 11:41 PM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 10: Klay Thompson of USA in action during the men’s preliminary round group A match between USA and Australia at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 10, 2016. (Photo by Okan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


There are very few games when Golden State Warriors and their fans don’t miss their superstar player. Whenever the Warriors have a tough night, Klay Thompson’s absence hits even harder. Although, contrary to popular opinion, the Warriors are doing significantly better than anyone expected of them without Klay Thompson.

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Stephen Curry has led the way for them in the West, helping them to the ninth position with a 20-19 record. Well, it looks like Klay has also found the upside of being off the court for a while.

Klay Thompson shows his optimistic side

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For any athlete, it’s far tougher to kick back and force to relax for months at a time than to go through workouts, practices, and games every day. Unfortunately, Warriors’ Klay Thompson has had to endure this terrible situation ever since he tore his ACL in the 2019 NBA Finals.

A year of missing basketball after that was already quite toll-taking. In fact, he was expected to make a comeback this season, but it looked like rehab would take longer than predicted. So, what does one of the best players in the NBA do while not doing what he does best? Find his escape in other things.

As per Connor Letourneau, Thompson has tried to look at the brighter side of his injury. He has understood that he should have more interests outside the game.

He stated, “Before I got hurt, I realized that all of my hobbies revolved around me being athletic. These last two years, I realized that I need to get some hobbies that allow me to be more creative because the human body can turn on you sometimes.”

How are the Warriors surviving without him?

Yet another season without Thompson has been disappointing for the Golden State Warriors. This is a team that had instilled so much terror and dominance in the league that teams were fed up with not being able to beat them.

And now, they are in a completely different place. Struggling to keep up in the West hasn’t been easy, but they are handling it so far. They just defeated the top team of the Western Conference, Utah Jazz, 131-119. That proves the Warriors still have it in them to bring important victories.

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Therefore, this also means that if they establish more consistency, they can become title contenders even without Klay. The front office has done a brilliant job staffing the team with as much talent as possible to fill the void Klay has left.

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 21: Klay Thompson (11) of the Golden State Warriors watches a replay as the Denver Nuggets look to close out during the second half of the Nuggets’ 100-98 win on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

There is no definite timeline for Klay’s return but what’s certain is that with him back, the Warriors could easily bring back their dynasty. The only question that remains is, will Klay play exactly as we remember him too? Or will this be another NBA player who never returned the same after an ACL injury?

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Read also- ‘Get Some Rest’: Shaquille O’Neal Advises Warriors to Tank Now and Wait for Klay Thompson Next Season

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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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