Steph Curry: the return of Klay Thompson will be “boosted”
The Warriors’ season ended with a disappointing pair of losses in the play-in tournament, but the team believe they can become a title contender again. Part of the optimism concerns the expected return of Klay thompson, who missed the past two seasons with a tear in his right Achilles tendon and an ACL tear in his left knee.
Thompson was an important part of the Golden State teams that have reached five straight NBA Finals and won three rings. His absence was notable this year as the Warriors couldn’t find a reliable second goalscorer to partner with Stephen curry.
“He will do everything in his power to get back to 100%, knowing what he has been through for the past two years”, Curry said Janie McCauley of The Associated Press. “There’s going to be a lot of support to help him get there, but whatever version of him comes back it’s definitely a boost. We will patiently wait for what it will look like.
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- Jordan poole spent part of the season in the G League, but made a strong impression on the manager Steve Kerr once back, adds McCauley in the same story. Kerr contemplates second-year custody in a sixth-man role when Thompson is available. “A season ago he was lost. He was lost in the woods like most rookies, and that’s just confirmation that hard work and persistence pays, ”Kerr said. “Jordan was in the gym more than any other player during the pandemic, and he deserved it. So thrilled for him. I think he has a very bright future and will obviously play a big role for us in the future.
- The Warriors are likely to explore any business opportunity that does not involve Curry, Thompson or Draymond Green, according to USA Today’s Mark Medina. Medina waits Kelly Oubré go on free will, while playing inconsistently Eric Paschall and Kent bazemore could decide their fate. “I expect to be extremely involved. It’s just the way it should be, ”Green said of the staff decisions.
- Curry has not decided if he will try to make this year’s Olympic squad, writes Alex Didion of NBC Sports. Curry never competed in the Olympics, but he won two gold medals at the FIBA World Cup.