Warriors’ Steve Kerr provides encouraging Klay Thompson update, reveals next step
During an interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gave an update on shooting guard Klay Thompson, who missed the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his ACL tear.
Thompson, who has been training at full speed for a few months now, “really looks fantastic,” per Kerr.
However, Kerr did admit it’s been a while since Thompson has played five-on-five.
“Yeah, it’s been awhile for him,” Kerr said. “But I have seen him a couple times this summer in Orange County, watched him work out and he’s doing great. He really looks fantastic. So I’m not too worried about Klay. Playing 5-on-5 is the next logical step for him.”
The Warriors can’t wait to have Klay Thompson back in the lineup next season with Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green. Steve Kerr’s group had the worst record in the NBA in 2019-20 before games were suspended in March, but that won’t be the case in 2020-21 with Steph and Klay back in the fold.
Thompson averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Warriors in 2018-19. The three-time champion and future Hall of Famer shot 46.7 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free throw line.
The Warriors signed Thompson to a lucrative contract in the summer of 2019, so it made no sense to rush him back since his long term health is of vital importance. Golden State has the second overall pick in the 2020 draft. The Warriors can either draft a promising young player or trade the pick for a star.
It will be fascinating to see what the franchise ends up doing.