Klay Thompson’s dad gives inside scoop on Warriors star’s recovery from Achilles injury
Mychal Thompson revealed the extent of Klay’s rehab from a torn Achilles tendon during an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Kerith Burke, which is scheduled to air Sunday:
“All that [Klay] can do right now is just pool therapy, walking, stuff like that,” Thompson told Burke, via Alex Espinoza of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Thompson said Klay is likely still a “couple months” from being cleared for basketball activity, adding the medical team is still focusing on strengthening the tendon.
The former Los Angeles Laker said he can tell how badly his son wants to be out on the floor. But Thompson also said he feels Klay is in a better spiritual place this time around since he gets to be with the team:
“He’s doing much better this year because he’s around the team,” Thompson said, via Espinoza. “Being away from the team, you feel isolated, you don’t feel like you’re a part of it. Even though he’s not playing, just being on the bench and supporting the guys, he feels like he’s a part of it.”
Thompson suffered the injury just hours before the Warriors selected James Wiseman with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft. It was especially devastating news given Klay had already missed the entirety of the 2019-20 season due to an ACL tear suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
It was all but guaranteed Thompson would have to sit out the remainder of this season after undergoing surgery. He will take his time rehabbing the tendon before returning to the hardwood.