Steve Kerr jokes with Klay Thompson about a redshirt season
While Kerr was talking to reporters, he said the Warriors don’t need Thompson, who was passing by the media scrum.
The All-Star shooting guard yelled out “redshirt season” and Kerr continued the banter by saying Thompson needs to get used to campus life.
Funny exchange between Kerr and Klay today after shootaround. Kerr discusses how important it is to get Looney and Cauley-Stein back and then Kerr sees Thompson about to go upstairs to continue rehabbing his ACL injury — and the jokes about a potential redshirt year ensue. pic.twitter.com/ySXYqMQqQk
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) October 16, 2019
There’s a chance Thompson misses the entire 2019-20 season due to his ACL injury, hence the “redshirt” reference. The Warriors are going to be cautious with Thompson since they gave him a five-year max contract this summer worth $190 million. Klay’s long-term health is very important to the organization.
Last season for the Dubs, Thompson averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. The five-time All-Star shot 46.7 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free-throw line.
In the 2019 playoffs, Thompson put up 20.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists. The Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals in six games. Thompson tore his left ACL in Game 6.
Golden State acquired All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade deal with the Brooklyn Nets after Kevin Durant agreed to sign with Brooklyn. Russell and Stephen Curry will share the backcourt while Thompson is rehabbing.