Klay Thompson’s return date is starting to feel like an album release with how much uncertainty is surrounding it. But Thompson himself is now offering some clarity on the situation.
The injured Golden State Warriors star revealed in an Instagram Live session on Friday when he expects to return to the court for the team.
“In the next few weeks, maybe a month,” said Thompson, per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
There has been plenty of speculation about when the five-time All-Star will make his much-awaited return. We have heard Christmas Day, January and other conflicting dates. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr even added to the confusion by disputing a recent report about Thompson’s progress.
Regardless, video has emerged this week of Thompson looking good in team scrimmages and even getting up shots in full uniform before games. These would seem to suggest that his return date is indeed not too far off.
Klay Thompson hits the game winner in scrimmage today
— Blue Wire (@bluewirepods) November 30, 2021
Klay was back on the court in full uni getting shots up pic.twitter.com/d2eaYuqXUd
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 3, 2021
It helps that the Warriors have been an elite team this season, even without Thompson. Entering Friday, they were 18-3, which is the second-best record in the NBA. That gives Golden State the luxury of bringing Thompson along slowly to ensure that he has his conditioning back before taking the court. But there are still plenty of reasons why Thompson might be itching to return as soon as he can.