The Golden State Warriors will be without All-Star guard Klay Thompson for another season.
Thompson will miss the 2020-21 season because of a season-ending Achilles tear, the team confirmed today. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the news. However, the good news for the Warriors, per Wojnarowski, is that Thompson has been told he is expected to make a full recovery from the injury.
“Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon, an MRI confirmed today in Los Angeles,” the Warriors said in a tweet posted Thursday. “Thompson suffered the injury yesterday in a workout in Southern California. He is expected to miss the 2020-21 season.”
Klay Thompson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon, an MRI confirmed today in Los Angeles. Thompson suffered the injury in a workout yesterday in Southern California. He is expected to miss the 2020-21 season. pic.twitter.com/w733cWawK6
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) November 19, 2020
Source: Warriors' Thompson suffers Achilles tear – via @ESPN App https://t.co/Ft9wqtXdSB
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 19, 2020
Your quick newser on Klay Thompson being lost for his second straight season, this time to an Achilles tear: https://t.co/Ji14ywekgj
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) November 19, 2020
On Wednesday, the Warriors announced that Thompson injured his right leg Wednesday during a workout in Southern California. The team announced the injury without providing further details about the severity or any timeline for his availability with training camp starting Dec. 1 and the season beginning Dec. 22. It was unclear how this might affect Golden State’s draft decisions. The Warriors selected big man James Wiseman with the No. 2 pick.
Thompson didn’t play at all during the coronavirus-shortened season this year as he worked back from surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee. He suffered that injury in the deciding Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
The injury could be a severe blow for the Warriors, who finished worst in the NBA last season as they struggled without Thompson and at times without Stephen Curry, who was nursing a broken left hand that sidelined him for more than four months.
“I guess this business teaches you to wait to hear for sure on any of these things,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Wednesday. “Obviously dealing with some of the injuries we’ve dealt with in the last couple years, it doesn’t harden you, it doesn’t make it easier but I was hoping we were through all that and maybe we are. Maybe there’s good news coming. But certainly not a normal draft, not a normal day.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.