Klay Thompson participated in a full team practice on Tuesday for the first tie since tearing his ACL in June 2019 and his right Achilles in November 2020.
“It’s so exciting,” Thompson said. “Just to be running up and down the court and playing basketball, it’s truly a blessing and it makes coming to work so easy. The boring stuff’s behind me, and now it’s just getting back in game shape — I got to stay patient because I can be an overeager person to get out there and play, but I’m just incredibly grateful to be out there. The work the training staff and I have done over the last two years is really paying off, and it’s hard to put into words how grateful I am to be playing basketball again.”
While Thompson is ramping up his activity, there is no timeline for his return currently.
“We don’t have a target date,” Steve Kerr said. “What we have is a number of weeks ahead of us for certain where we’re going to play it out, keep letting him scrimmage as often as possible so that he’ll build that endurance. And I would think within a few weeks we’ll be able to finally sort of get a target date, but we don’t have one right now.”
“We are now the type of team where it’s championship or bust,” Thompson said. “And that’s a really cool position to be in. Not a lot of players get to experience that.”