Nothing describes what Klay Thompson went through to get back on the NBA court. Achilles tendon pain and consecutive ACL injuries cost him more than two full seasons. Material wastes aside, dealing with things mentally was the hardest task of his detox.
Warrior Trainer Steve Kerr was recently a guest on ‘The Lowe Post.’ Among the topics discussed was Thompson’s long road to holistic health. In the interview, Kerr recounted a time in December when Thompson cried on the bench after a game because it had all become so overwhelming.
“I was out there, and he was basically crying on the bench alone and Steph (Curry) and Draymond (Green) were both out there, and I thought everything was just, it was just too much for me. Clay.”
Thompson has always tried to stay positive during his recovery, but at this particular time, his emotional pain began to overwhelm him.
“At that point, he was still wondering, like, ‘Will this ever happen to me?’ And everything that he’s been through seems to come to a boil, you know, for him emotionally, and he just starts crying.”
Klay Thompson deserves respect
Most of all, Klay Thompson does not deserve praise and respect for his efforts over the past two years. Very few players can hold on to each other after two serious injuries. With all the circumstances leading up to it, there’s no denying this ring is truly special to him.
Another reason Thompson gets so much praise is because of the figure he’s back in. Many were quick to doubt how he would perform, but he was no longer a shell of himself.
Over the entire post-season, he averaged 19.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists, and shot 38.5% from outside the arc with nine tries per game. His best performance was in the match against Dallas Maverickswhere he nailed eight trios on his way to scoring 32 points.
In sports, some moments are bigger than the game. Seeing Thompson on the podium receiving the trophy certainly fell into that category.