Kevin Durant reacts after Klay Thompson reaches ‘big’ milestone


NBA: Golden State Warriors guard is making progress as he posts photos of recent workout at Chase Center
Kevin Durant reacts after Klay Thompson reaches ‘big’ milestoneshuttershock

A new-look Klay Thompson provided his own health update this week, and the Golden State Warriors guard showed he’s making progress from his torn Achilles tendon.

In a series of photos he posted to his Instagram account, Thompson, with a bright yellow headband around longer-than-usual hair, worked out at Chade Center, jogging up and down the court, shooting mid-range jumpers and 3-pointers, even messing around with a sky-hook.

“DubNation , I still have a really long , long , LOOOONG way to go . But my goodness, it felt so dang good to get up and down and see the ball go thru the net,” Thompson wrote. “Can’t wait to burn em down next year !! Big milestone for me this week #jackiemoon #wetfire .

Kevin Durant then chimed in with, “Shortbread,” a Thompson saying for whenever a jump shot hits the front rim.

Former Warrior Ian Clark added, “Hook shot? Never seen it!
KD commented “shortbread” Steph said Klay yells that when someone hits front rim on a shotTwitter

Thompson tore the Achilles tendon in November 2020, keeping him sidelined for a second straight season after he missed 2019-2020 with a torn ACL. There is some hope Thompson will be able to return before the end of the calendar year, although general manager Bob Myers said Monday there remains no firm timeline.

Myers said the Warriors will have a better sense of where Thompson is at from a physical standpoint once training camp begins in the fall. Myers said Thompson should be playing 5-on-5 by camp, but stressed there a difference between that and taking the court in an NBA game.

“That’s what we’re going to have to figure out — when the right time for that is,” Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area. “I think we’ve set on record, I don’t think it’ll be the first game of the season in October. Will it be Thanksgiving? Will it be Christmas? I think it’s more likely December. But I don’t know when. It’s hard to gauge. It depends on how he meets all of these hurdles in his rehab.

“But I do know this: the guy’s in there every day, he’s working his rear end off and he’s thirsting to get back on the court. He loves basketball. No doubt how much he can help us.

“If he comes back in December or November or January, whenever it is, he will be ready come playoff time, or as ready as he can be, and then you’ve got something. So we’d love him to come back as soon as he can. The West is a monster and it seems like the league’s never had more parity. But we won’t rush him back, so when he’s back, he’s back, and can’t wait to see it.”

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