Klay Thompson appears to be making some significant progress on his road to recovery.
On Tuesday evening, the Golden State Warriors sharpshooter posted a series of photos on Instagram. Complete with a grown-out fro and a bright yellow headband, Thompson showed NBA fans an inside look at his recent workout in the Warriors’ practice facility — getting up and down the court for the first time since his devastating preseason Achilles tendon tear last year.
“DubNation , I still have a really long , long , LOOOONG way to go . But my goodness, it felt so dang good to get up and down and see the ball go thru the net . Can’t wait to burn em down next year,” Thompson wrote. “Big milestone for me this week #jackiemoon #wetfire.”
Players and fans from around the league took to the comments to celebrate Thompson’s progress, including his old Golden State teammate Kevin Durant.
“Shortbread,” KD joked in the comments — reportedly referencing Thompson’s catchphrase for whenever someone hits the front rim on a jump shot.
KD commented “shortbread”
Steph said Klay yells that when someone hits front rim on a shot 😂 pic.twitter.com/xcMq9J6hHy
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 22, 2021
Thompson has had some really rotten luck when it comes to injury woes in the past few years. After tearing his ACL in the 2019 playoffs, the five-time All Star looked ready to make a full comeback for this year’s campaign. But, in a cruel twist of fate, he suffered an Achilles tendon tear during preseason workouts in November 2020.
Achilles injuries are notoriously difficult to comeback from, but a select few have made it work.
After missing the entire 2019-20 season with a torn Achilles of his own, Durant came back better than ever in 2020. In this year’s playoff run with the Brooklyn Nets, the superstar forward averaged a career-high 34.3 points per game.
Hopefully Thompson can follow this same path to a full recovery in 2021.