The Golden State Warriors were prepared to reclaim the Western Conference and make another run at an NBA title during the 2020-21 season. Steph Curry was healthy, the team had added some pieces, and they had the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft, which turned into James Wiseman.
Things were looking up for the Dubs in a major way, but just hours before Wiseman became the newest member of Golden State, the franchise received the horrific news that Klay Thompson would miss his second consecutive season due to an injury, this time a torn Achilles.
The news sent shockwaves around the NBA, but it would be tough to find anyone in the league that the news devastated more so than Steph Curry who said he got emotional upon hearing the update.
“To get that call was a gut punch for sure. A lot of tears. You don’t really know what to say because a guy like that is having to go through two pretty serious rehabs now. But at the end of the day, we have to have his back. We hope that he is around and a part of what we do through his rehab and staying connected with us.
“He can come back strong. He’s a guy that loves the game so much. He is going to do whatever it takes to get back out there on the floor and be himself. That’s what we hope and the confidence that we have. Two-and-a-half years of rehab is tough for anybody. We’re hoping for the best.”
Unfortunately, without Klay Thompson in the lineup, it’s tough to see Golden State making any sort of deep run in the West. If the rest of the squad can stay relatively healthy this season the Warriors will likely be a playoff team, but expectations took a hit with Thompson’s brutally unfortunate injury.