As much as the Warriors and their fans enjoyed seeing Klay Thompson at the Chase Center on Tuesday night, they will like it even more than he told trainer Steve Kerr.
Thompson, on his first trip to see the team play this season, gave Kerr an upbeat update on his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury at the end of the season.
“I spoke to Klay before the game,” Kerr told reporters after a Loss 104-95 to Indiana. “It was great to see him. He is really in a good mood. He is happy to be here with his teammates.
“In your words, the worst is over.”
Great sign seeing #klaythompson walking at this point in your rehabilitation. The hiking boot helps to control plantar flexion of the ankle; which avoids repair stress. It looks like he is on the right track in his recovery. A beautiful splint in Marquese Chriss too! @warriors https://t.co/B1F8R1o1Ki
– Dr. Nirav Pandya, MD (@DrNiravPandya) January 13, 2021
Kerr also revealed that Thompson, who currently wears a hiking boot, is about to take another important step in his recovery process.
“He will be able to get into the pool next week and start running in the pool. He was very excited about everything. It was great to see him, ”said Kerr.
KLAY IS IN THE BUILDING pic.twitter.com/9YVdY9eYgg
– Warriors at NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 13, 2021
That kind of positive update takes some of the pain out of not having Thompson playing for the second consecutive season.
And while Thompson can’t get on the court, Kerr and the Warriors believe that just having him on the court and in the locker room as much as possible is therapeutic for everyone involved.
With the Warriors embarking on a three-game trip starting Thursday night in Denver, perhaps Thompson will make another appearance when the team returns to the Chase Center next Wednesday against the Spurs?
That would be good news for everyone, especially for Kevon Looney, the sixth-year Warriors player who was very happy to have Thompson on Tuesday.
“It was great to see Klay again,” Looney told reporters. “It brings a different kind of energy, a different kind of joy to the locker room. It’s great to have him out there to be a part of everything, just to see him. He seems to be in a great mood and looks good.
“He has been one of the leaders and vocal people in our locker room. Having him back was great. “