It had been 941 days since Golden State Warriors star shooting guard Klay Thompson had played in an NBA contest. The last time No. 11 was on the Chase Center hardwood, the Dubs were still technically the defending champions, the United States of America had a different president, and the COVID-19 pandemic was still months away from beginning.
On Sunday evening, Thompson made his return.
"HE'S BAAAAACK!"— NBA (@NBA) January 10, 2022
Klay Thompson is introduced for the first time at Chase Center. pic.twitter.com/DlYjv6Svj3
The five-time All-Star tore his ACL during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and later suffered a torn Achilles prior to the 2020-2021 campaign.
Thompson got the starting nod on Sunday as the Warriors hosted the Cavaliers, alongside fellow "Splash Brother" Stephen Curry, longtime teammate Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney. It was announced shortly before tip-off that Green would be on the court for the opening moments of the contest, but would then be removed for the remainder of the night due to left calf tightness that he experienced during pregame warmups.
For his part, Thompson made his first field goal attempt just 38 seconds into the first quarter.
KLAY THOMPSON KNOCKS DOWN HIS FIRST SHOT ATTEMPT IN OVER 2 YEARS! pic.twitter.com/Lwc3pIpm2J— NBA (@NBA) January 10, 2022
Thompson finished the first quarter with two points on 1-for-5 shooting.