At 9-1, the Warriors hold the NBA’s best record at this early stage and are still waiting for two key stretches to return to the fold.
Sophomore big man James Wiseman could be back on the field in a matter of weeks, but the impending return of Klay Thompson, who has missed the past two seasons with a torn ACL and torn Achilles, has energized the Warriors and will have the rest of their lives. the competition wary of what may become Golden State by the end of the year.
While expectations for Thompson’s return should be tempered, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst noted that the five-time All-Star is opening eyes with how good he looked in rehab.
“The whispers in the competition about Klay Thompson, they say he looks good,” Windhorst said. “There is real confidence that Klay will be back, especially towards the end of the season.”
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Last week, Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted that Thompson’s “impending” return has given Golden State a little more juice.
“Klay’s imminent return is a huge factor for our team,” Kerr said. “There is a sense of anticipation and energy that is directly related to Klay’s return.”
When Thompson will return is not yet known, but the sharpshooting guard has grown to three-on-three and is feeling great as his triumphant return approaches.
“I really miss the win,” Thompson told ESPN during the Warriors’ win over the New Orleans Pelicans. “I miss playing for the fans and then just playing basketball. I really love what I do, I’ve always done that since I was a kid. I think the past two years have given me a great sense of appreciation for the work that it takes to be great. And my story is still being written, so I’m not happy with where my career is. I have many more chapters to write.”