Klay Thompson pens heartfelt message to Warriors fans before tip-off vs. Nets
Golden State Warriors All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson will miss Tuesday night’s 2020-21 NBA season tip-off game against the Brooklyn Nets, continuing his stretch of sidelined games first stemming from an ACL tear in the 2019 Finals and a recent Achilles tendon tear.
Thompson, 30, shared a photo on Instagram along with a lengthy caption detailing the struggle to have to watch his Warriors teammates from afar as Golden State attempts to rebound from the down 2019-20 campaign and compete for a title once again.
I want DubNation to know I’m doing everything in my power to get back to who I was! I hate missing games – I prided myself on being out there every night for the fans and my teammates. Doesn’t matter if [it’s] regular or postseason. There’s a huge hole in my soul when I can’t do what I love and compete against the best players in the world. But I plan on playing for a long time and will continue to work every day to get back on the court and help my team bring more championships to the Bay.
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A five-time All-Star, Thompson has spent his entire professional career competing with the Warriors since he was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Thompson helped the Warriors reach five consecutive Finals, winning three championships during that stretch.
While Thompson remains out for the Warriors, superstar point guard Stephen Curry is fully healthy and back in the lineup after missing all but five games for the Dubs last season with a hand fracture. Curry and new additions like veteran swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. and rookie center James Wiseman will take on the Nets on Tuesday evening. Brooklyn will have stars Kyrie Irving and former Warriors forward Kevin Durant playing together in the regular season for the first time since the two jointly agreed to sign with the New York City borough’s franchise.
The Warriors, minus Thompson, will take on the Nets at 7 p.m. ET.