‘He’s walking normally and he’s very optimistic’ — Mychal Thompson updates Klay’s status

Thompson underwent surgery at start of July

Karl Buscheck
August 19, 2019 - 8:55 am

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About six weeks after Klay Thompson underwent surgery to repair his torn left ACL, his father, Mychal, has provided an update on the Splash Brother’s recovery.

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Speaking with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole on the Warriors Insider podcast, the elder Thompson had a lot to say about how Klay’s progressing.

“He’s walking normally and he’s very optimistic and enthusiastic about getting back late next season,” Thompson said 

Klay, who sustained his injury on June 13 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, underwent surgery on July 2. The usual recovery period for a torn ACL is six to nine months. The six-month mark comes at the start of January. The nine-month checkup arrives at the beginning of April.

“Once he gets back up to the Bay and is around the team and he’s working out… He probably won’t be on the court doing full-court drills until late December or January,” Thompson continued.

Klay, per usual, seems to be making the most of his summer:

“So, he’s got quite a ways to go. The main thing is to stay dedicated and diligent in your rehab and just continue to work hard and keep that motivation to get back on the court with his teammates.”

Thompson’s injury didn’t stop the Warriors from cashing the sharp shooter out, handing him a five-year, $190 million max. The Thompson family patriarch praised the loyalty of co-chairman/CEO Joe Lacob and his group. 

“And with this injury, every doctor assured Klay and the Warriors that he was going to come back as good as ever.”

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