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Warriors’ Klay Thompson calls ACL injury the ‘most tragic part of sports’

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Golden State Warriors superstar Klay Thompson broke his silence more than a month after sustaining a torn ACL against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

Thompson told Cari Champion of ESPN that having an ACL injury is “obviously the most tragic part of sports.” The said injury has changed the careers of several athletes. The sharp-shooting superstar initially thought that he just sprained his knee, but he knew that it was bad when it started swelling inside the locker room.

Knowing that tearing his ACL will likely affect his game and will force him to miss probably the entire 2019-2020 NBA season, he expected the worst in free agency. He admitted that he was surprised and humbled when the Warriors opted to offer him a five-year, $190 million contract this summer.

“So it was humbling, but the Warriors showed their loyalty and their respect for me, offering me that five-year deal,” Thompson said. “Jumped on that as soon as I could, just because the history with this team and the franchise it would be so hard to leave.”

Thompson did not give a timetable for his return, but he is hoping to play late in the 2019-2020 NBA season. The five-time All-Star averaged 21.5 points on top of 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 78 games last season.