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Klay Thompson sends great tweet after Steph Curry beats his career-high

Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson sent a great tweet on Sunday night after Steph Curry topped him for a career-night.

Curry scored a career-high 62 points in the Golden State Warriors’ 137-122 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Curry’s 62 points were more than the 60 points Thompson scored in 2016.

Thompson, who is out recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, congratulated Curry via Twitter. He welcomed him to the 60-point club.

Curry’s previous career-high mark was 54 points in a game. This effort put him in the 60-point club.

It’s somewhat shocking that Curry’s previous high was only 54 considering what an incredible shooter and scorer he is. But now he’s part of that group who got 60 in a game.

Klay Thompson undergoes successful surgery for Achilles tendon tear

Klay Thompson

There is some good news on the Klay Thompson injury front.

Thompson underwent surgery on Wednesday for his torn Achilles tendon, and the operation was deemed a success.

Thompson suffered the injury while training in Los Angeles last week. The Achilles injury will cause him to miss the entire season, which will mark the second season in a row he misses due to injury.

The Golden State Warriors signed Thompson to a huge contract last year despite his torn ACL. He has four years and around $157 million left on the deal.

Thompson, 30, is a five-time All-Star. He averaged 21.5 points per game in 2018-2019 and is a career 41.9 percent 3-point shooter.

Klay Thompson to miss entire season with torn Achilles

Klay Thompson

Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson suffered a lower leg injury on Wednesday that was feared to be serious, and tests have unfortunately confirmed the worst.

Thompson suffered a torn Achilles and will miss the entire 2020-21 season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Simply put, the injury luck could not get much worse for Thompson. He had been working his way back from a torn ACL that cost him all of the 2019-20 season, and he will now miss at least two consecutive years.

Thompson’s torn ACL was to his left knee and the torn Achilles is to his right.

The Warriors signed Thompson to a huge contract last year despite the torn ACL. He has four years and around $157 million left on the deal.

Thompson had made five consecutive All-Star games prior to missing last season. He was expected to have a more important role with Golden State after Kevin Durant left in free agency. He missed the entire year and Stephen Curry just played in five games, which turned the Warriors into one of the worst teams in the NBA.

With Thompson now out for the season, the Warriors may look to make a big splash on the trade market.

Warriors may use trade exception for help after Klay Thompson injury

Klay Thompson

The Golden State Warriors may have been dealt another major blow long before the 2020-21 season is set to begin, as Klay Thompson suffered an injury on Wednesday that is feared to be serious. Fortunately, there is a way they can acquire some help.

The Warriors secured a $17.2 million trade exception when they sent Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies last summer. There had previously been talk that they might save the money with so many highly paid players on their roster and an uncertain financial situation across the NBA, but general manager Bob Myers hinted after Thompson’s injury that the Golden State is looking to take advantage of the exception.

Myers said Thursday that he had been given the green light to use the $17.2 million exception even before Thompson’s injury, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. The Warriors were already looking for wing help before Thompson’s injury, so now it seems likely that they will make a move.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have continued to stockpile draft picks this offseason, and some have speculated that they are positioning themselves to acquire another pick from the Warriors. Both Kelly Oubre and Ricky Rubio, whom the Thunder acquired when they traded Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns, are playing on expiring contracts that would fit under Golden State’s trade exception.

The Warriors have flexibility, but obviously they were hoping to not feel a sense of urgency to use the trade exception. They’ll know more about Thompson’s injury soon, but early reports do not sound promising.

Klay Thompson feared to have ‘significant’ Achilles injury

Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson was just coming back from one major injury, and now he may have another.

Thompson had to be helped off the court after suffering a lower right leg injury while working out in Southern California on Wednesday. He was expected to undergo testing in the next few days.

Yahoo’s Chris B. Haynes reports that the Golden State Warriors fear Thompson has a “significant” Achilles injury.

Thompson’s torn ACL was in his left knee, so this injury is on his other leg.

The Warriors did not let Thompson’s torn ACL get in the way of a major contract extension offer. They still signed him to a huge deal last year. He has four years and around $157 million left on his contract with Golden State.

The 30-year-old shooting guard made five straight All-Star teams prior to missing all of last season.

Klay Thompson to undergo testing for leg injury suffered in workout

Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson missed all of last season as he recovered from a torn ACL suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals. Now it looks like he is dealing with another leg injury.

Thompson suffered a leg injury during a workout in Southern California on Wednesday and will undergo testing in the next few days, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The injury is to Klay’s lower right leg. His torn ACL was in his left knee.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania says Thompson was unable to put weight on his lower leg as he left the gym.

Thompson was cleared in June to begin working out in full, a year after his injury occurred. In late September, the Warriors got fans pumped up when they showed video of Thompson returning to a full practice.

Thompson’s Golden State Warriors struggled last season and ended up with the worst record in the NBA. They did not qualify for the Orlando restart. In addition to not having Thompson, Steph Curry suffered a hand injury and missed most of the season.

Thompson has four years and around $157 million left on his contract with Golden State.

Video: Klay Thompson returns to his first practice for Warriors since torn ACL

Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson on Friday returned to his first practice for the Golden State Warriors since injuring his knee last year.

Thompson suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and did not play this season for Golden State.

The team held a workout on Friday, and Thompson participated. The Warriors shared a video of Thompson practicing, showing him doing a layup, shooting shots, and participating in a scrimmage.

Thompson is a five-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion. The 30-year-old shooting guard has been a big part of the Warriors’ success over the last 10 years. Without him or Steph Curry available for nearly the entire season, the Warriors had the worst record in the league at 15-50. Getting Curry and Thompson back should position them for success next season.

Additionally, Golden State will have the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft. We already have an idea of whom they won’t be selecting.

Report: Klay Thompson cleared for full workouts

Klay Thompson

Just over a year since tearing his ACL during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, Klay Thompson has just about made it all the way back.

The Golden State Warriors guard has received full medical clearance to work out without restriction, and has been ramping up his activity in recent weeks, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

Thompson has been working out in Los Angeles and Oakland in a bid to get his body back into game shape. He has taken part in 3-on-0 and 5-on-0 drills in an attempt to simulate playing in a game.

The guard has no specific games to train for. The Warriors won’t be taking part in the NBA’s restart, and we don’t know when next season will start yet. It is possible that if there is some sort of offseason minicamp for non-participants in the restart, Thompson could participate in that.

The 30-year-old will ideally be able to recover his usual shooting stroke once he’s back in action. Thompson’s father said the guard would have little trouble being ready for 2020-21, and this certainly backs that assertion.

Kobe Bryant signed book for Klay Thompson with perfect message

Klay Thompson

Kobe Bryant died on January 26, but his legacy lives on strong.

Klay Thompson shared photos on Instagram Live Friday of his copy of “The Mamba Mentality“, which is Bryant’s book. Thompson called the book his “basketball bible”. He also called it the “greatest gift” he ever received.

Bryant also signed the book for Thompson along with a simple four-word message: “rings, rings, rings, rings …”

Bryant was obsessed with winning and ended up collecting five championship rings during his playing career. He would stop at nothing in his quest to win. He was trying to impart that winning mentality to others across the basketball world, as well as other fields.

Thompson has won three championships as a member of the Golden State Warriors and is a five-time All-Star. He and Kobe had a good relationship; Bryant also sent Klay a great autographed jersey in 2016.

Thompson is very clearly was moved by the inspiration Bryant left him.

Mychal Thompson: Klay will be at ‘full speed’ to start next season

Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson is roughly ten months removed from his torn left ACL, but he appears to be nearing the finish line in his rehab.

In an interview this week on 95.7 The Game, Klay’s father Mychal provided an update on the Golden State Warriors sharpshooter and his health.

“He’s feeling good, he’s working out on his own,” said Mychal. “He’s doing all of his drills, says he feels good. He walks around without any kind of limp, no soreness. So he says he’s feeling great, and he’ll be ready to go at full speed next year.”

The 30-year-old Thompson suffered the injury in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against Toronto on June 13 last year. The Warriors’ NBA-worst record this season and the subsequent suspension of play due to the coronavirus pandemic have enabled Thompson to take his time in getting healthy.

The team was optimstic about Thompson’s health even before the season was suspended, so they should have their way two-way star back in the lineup and ready to roll whenever the 2020-21 campaign begins.