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Injury News: Klay Thompson close to returning to full practice

The All-Star shooting guard is making progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles

Golden State Warriors Open Practice Photo by Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images

There was some good news for Golden State Warriors fans on Thursday. Klay Thompson could reportedly be cleared for full practice over the next month according to Shams Charania.

Klay Thompson underwent surgery to repair his torn Achilles on November 25, 2020. Before that, he was recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered during the 2019 NBA Finals in June of that year. Shams went on to say that he anticipates Thompson to return around December to January of this upcoming season. For Klay, that would be approximately 2.5 years between the last time he played NBA basketball to his anticipated return.

Prior to his injuries, Klay was averaging 21.5 points per game and 40.2% from the three-point line. For the Warriors, Klay would bring an extra boost to a seemingly improved three-point shooting team based on preseason results.

One luxury that the Warriors have on their side is the excellent play of Jordan Poole. Head coach Steve Kerr has said that Poole will be the starting shooting guard until Klay returns from his injury. Poole has made the most of that opportunity this preseason and looks to carry that momentum into the regular season. With Poole playing so well, the Warriors will be able to ramp up Thompson slowly and allow him to work himself back at a comfortable pace which would hopefully prevent any further injury.

Dubs fans and NBA fans in general would love to see Klay on the court playing again. With the regular season less than a week away from tipping off, everyone’s favorite dog-loving, boat-sailing, 3-point shooting splash brother is getting closer and closer to making his on court comeback.