Golden State Warriors star guard Klay Thompson took another step forward in his return to the court as on Tuesday he participated on a full practice for the first time since tearing his left ACL in the 2019 NBA Finals and his right Achilles in November 2020.
"It's so exciting," Thompson said. "Just to be running up and down the court and playing basketball, it's truly a blessing and it makes coming to work so easy. The boring stuff's behind me and now it's just getting back in game shape -- I got to stay patient because I can be an overeager person to get out there and play, but I'm just incredibly grateful to be out there.
The work the training staff and I have done over the last two years is really paying off, and it's hard to put into words how grateful I am to be playing basketball again." The Warriors are happy with the progress Thompson is making but still they won't rush his comeback to the floor.
"We don't have a target date," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "What we have is a number of weeks ahead of us for certain where we're going to play it out, keep letting him scrimmage as often as possible so that he'll build that endurance.
And I would think within a few weeks we'll be able to finally sort of get a target date, but we don't have one right now."
Thompson feels the Warriors could win it all
The Warriors have started the season with a 15-2 record and Thompson is confident they could make it all the way this year.
"Oh, yeah," he said. "We're 15-2. That's a great indicator of [championship readiness] and our defense, I think it's top three in the league as well as our offense -- and I'm not even out there yet.
Think about that. Really think about that. I'm more motivated than ever as well. I want a championship so bad. More than anything." Thompson admitted that he is motivated by the critics. "I wanted to be on that Top [75 list].
I wanted some recognition. I didn't get it and that's fine. You know how you get recognition? You go win. I just want to go win again. I want to win a fourth ring," he said. "Not being able to compete for the last two years, I feel like I have a lot of pent-up energy to prove -- not to anybody else, but to myself -- I'm still one of the best."