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Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s true feelings on Klay Thompson’s injury recovery

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Klay Thompson is still rehabbing from his right Achilles injury, but Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is positive about the recovery of the sharpshooter based on what he has seen so far.

During his latest interview on ABC 7, Kerr talked about Thompson’s condition as the Warriors guard works his way back to game shape. The 31-year-old hasn’t played in the NBA since Game 6 of the 2019 Finals against the Toronto Raptors, when he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. His supposed return during the 2020-21 campaign was also delayed after picking up the Achilles issue during the offseason.

“When Klay started running about three weeks ago, it was like the light was suddenly at the end of the tunnel. I could just tell a big change in his optimism and in his feeling of being part of the group–preparing for next season. These last few weeks have been great, he’s putting in so much work,” Kerr shared.

Steve Kerr also acknowledged the difficult journey that Klay Thompson had to go through to reach where he is now. While it is still unknown whether Stephen Curry’s Splash Bro. will be ready at the start of the 2021-22 season, the Warriors head coach is just happy to finally see him healthy and moving really well.

“With an Achilles [injury], those first couple of months are just painstaking in terms of just how slow everything comes, progress wise. So this is really exciting that he’s now on the floor and really starting to move,” Kerr added.

Barring any setback, Thompson is expected to be ready to go sooner rather than later. Of course the Warriors will be cautious of his condition and will likely ease him back until he is fully ready to get his usual minutes pre-injury. Regardless, his return will surely be a sight to behold for all of Golden State.