NBA Draft night is usually one of unbridled celebration, but a piece of terrible news made its way out just as the draft was getting underway: Golden State Warriors guard — and former Washington State Cougars standout — Klay Thompson has suffered another major injury.
The Warriors initially were mum about the extent of it, but it turned out to be achilles tendon injury in his right leg, with The Athletic saying he couldn’t put weight on it when the injury happened. The team was hopeful it wasn’t as serious as it first appeared, but tests confirmed the worst on Thursday. His agent said he should be ready for the start of the 2021-2022 season, which means Klay — age 30 — will have missed two consecutive entire seasons to injury in his prime.
“It’s one of those deals where you don’t really know until you know,” Warriors GM Bob Myers said during his media availability following the NBA Draft. “You can be hopeful; you can be concerned. I’m probably all those combined, and until we know more tomorrow, I’ll just hope for good news.”
It put a damper on what was to be a celebratory night for both Warriors and Coug fans alike; Cougs because CJ Elleby was selected in the second round — the first WSU player picked in the draft since Thompson — and Warriors fans because they selected James Wiseman with the second overall pick.
A cornerstone of one of the great five-year runs in NBA history, Thompson — a three-time champion — sat out all of last season after tearing a knee ligament in his left leg in the 2019 NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors. It appeared he was on track to return for this upcoming season, which is scheduled to start in about five weeks; he suffered the injury during a workout in southern California playing pickup ball with other NBA players.
It’s a devastating piece of news for Thompson, who had his number 1 retired by WSU this past season as he was rehabbing his knee. It’s also devastating for Warriors fans, who were dreaming of returning to glory by adding Wiseman to a team with Stephen Curry, Klay and Draymond Green all still in their primes.
Now ... everyone waits and holds their breath.
Fred Thompkins decommits from WSU
The 2021 WSU football recruiting class suffered another defection when the junior college linebacker announced he was reopening his recruitment.
Looking forward to the future.. #TrustTheProcess pic.twitter.com/TrTK6pdHZF— Fred Thompkins (@Fredthompkins5) November 18, 2020
Thompkins, a three-star recruit from City College of San Francisco, is the second player in the class to decommit, joining defensive back Elisha Lloyd. The Cougars now have 18 players committed; you can see the entire class here.
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