Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson has been making steady progress in his rehabilitation from a torn right Achilles, having uploaded a video on his Instagram account on Thursday night.
But the return of the Warriors' superstar from the sidelines might not be as quick as we thought, and jackpot jill were even anxious for his return.
Back in June, the Warriors president Bob Myers claimed that we should be expecting Klay's return in December, and he didn't specify what date in December it will be.
On Friday, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported to the media that the date the Golden State Warriors are hoping for is this late December, and hopefully, he'll be fully fit by then.
On ESPN's "The Jump" on Friday, Shelburne said: "He's doing well in his recovery, but the Warriors are targeting that Christmas day game against the [Phoenix] Suns for his return.
"He could come back a little bit before that, but in terms of getting his conditioning right, they are targeting the Christmas day game against the Suns. I know that sounds a little late to people, but he was injured on November 18th, so this is 13 months from an Achilles injury."
The host Malika Andrews asked why December 25th was made the target date for his return, Shelburne explained: "A lot of this is conditioning," Shelburne said jeux casino. "He's doing well in his rehab, but he's missed two seasons in a row now. So you don't bring him back [early].
"This is a conservative target. If he does well and his conditioning is up, and he feels like he wants to come back earlier, he will. But this is a conservative target of Christmas day because you need time to build your conditioning back up when you've missed two NBA seasons."
The Golden State Warriors 2021/22 NBA schedule was released on Friday, and if Klay Thompson is still stuck on the sidelines until Dec. 25, he will be missing the 32 or more games of the season. This will give Klay 50 games to get his flow back in the NBA and return to his peak level before the playoff.
Ever since Klay tore his right Achilles on the draft night back in 2020, he hasn't been featured in any NBA game since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Myers and the front office of the Warriors have improved their roster a bit this summer, having brought back Andre Iguodala, signing Nemanja Bjelica, Otto Porter Jr. and drafted Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody.
But everyone understands that the fate of the Golden State Warriors relies heavily on the return of Klay Thompson and how effective the player will be on his return from the sidelines. Coach Steve Kerr spoke to NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole and he admitted that Klay is the X-factor for the 2021-22 season.
Klay's return to the team will be a good Christmas present for the Warriors.