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Warriors’ Klay Thompson not rushing return, says he wants to play until he’s 40 years old

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Golden State Warriors superstar Klay Thompson did not give a timetable for his return from surgery that repaired a torn ACL he sustained during the 2019 NBA Finals.

Thompson spoke for the first time since hurting his left knee in the third quarter of Game 6 of their showdown with the Toronto Raptors. The 29-year-old guard told Cari Champion of ESPN that he has doubts about returning to action before the 2020 All-Star Weekend.

The five-time NBA All-Star insisted that he will not rush his return from the injury because he does not want to run the risk of suffering a major setback. He pointed out that he will take his time in rehab because he wants to play until he is 40 years old.

“I’ve heard varying opinions about, especially medically, I don’t want to rush it because I want to play until I’m 38, 39, 40 years old,” Thompson said. “That’s my plan, especially because the way I can shoot the ball. I would love to see the floor this season. I don’t know when that is.”

Before the injury, Thompson had a solid year for the Warriors last season. He averaged 21.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 78 regular-season games. His effort was rewarded, as the Warriors signed him to a five-year, $190 maximum contract this offseason.