Klay Thompson is making progress from a July 2 surgery for a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee but will be out at least until the All-Star break.
Thompson injured his knee in a Game 6 NBA Finals loss June 13 to Toronto that gave the Raptors their first NBA title. Thompson said since his surgery on July 2, “I’ve made huge strides.”
Thompson said he will stick to the rehab plan and that it’s not worth pushing too hard too soon at this stage.
“The last thing you want to do is rush back, especially for a player like me who wants to play ’til his late 30s,” Thompson said.
The rebuilt Warriors, with eight new players and minus several key veterans who keyed recent postseason runs, have reached five straight NBA Finals. But two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant departed for the Brooklyn Nets this offseason.
“As a team, for me, I’ve just been thinking about how this building is going to create an opportunity for us to kind of walk into a new era, appreciating the accomplishments we have, the five Finals in a row, chasing more, all the things that we did in Oakland and at Oracle, but for all the new guys, we are going to be a different team and embrace that,” Steph Curry said.
Steve Kerr compared it to going into his first camp as coach in 2014-15.
“So five years ago, when we were really brand new to each other and getting used to one another and getting the system kind of to the point where we felt comfortable with what we were doing,” Kerr said. “We were experimenting with a lot of different things before we kind of settled on a rotation and how we were going to play, what our defense would look like exactly. I think that’ll be a similar feel this year. We have a lot to experiment with, a lot of combination possibilities, so it’s a really, really important camp, and I would say we will have to work much harder than we have had to the last four seasons because of the number of new players. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”