Klay Thompson “looked great” as Warriors start training camp
Klay Thompson was a full participant on the first day of Warriors training camp on Tuesday afternoon, marking the first time Thompson has done so since the 2018-19 season.
Thompson, who is returning from an ACL tear (in 2019) and Achilles tear (in 2020), has not yet been cleared to participate in contact drills or five-on-five scrums, but the team did not. either of those exercises on Tuesday.
“Everyone is delighted that Klay is on the pitch,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “He did pretty much everything in training today. We haven’t played, we haven’t had any live contact. Klay is so happy to play and we’re also happy to see him be a part of it.”
“Klay looked great. By turning off the lights, his team won the daily shooting competition. He was smiling, laughing. It’s really fun seeing old Klay again.”
Thompson and new teammate Avery Bradley beat four other teams of four to win the Day One Shooting Championship, receiving a WWE-style belt as a prize. The shots were all taken beyond the 3 point line and extended just beyond the half court.
Thompson regaining his shooting rhythm has never been a big concern for the Warriors. Instead, the area they are looking to reclaim is his reaction time on defense. According to Kerr, Thompson is not physically limited in any movement, but it will take time to get back to contact drills and improve his timing. The Warriors don’t want to rush him.
Everything Thompson did in practice was on par with what Kerr and the rest of the coaching staff expected of him. Kerr says the team will face off on Wednesday and Thompson will not participate.
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During Warriors Media Day on Monday, Thompson said he was aiming for a return date in late November or early December – about a year after he tore his Achilles. Kerr has said his comeback will come in a home game.
But until then, Thompson will continue to work on the smaller milestones, the next of which is scrums, which Thompson says could happen in about four weeks.