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Klay Thompson ‘unlikely’ to play for the Warriors this season

There had been some hope that Klay Thompson would suit up for the Golden State Warriors this season after tearing his ACL on June 13. He sustained the injury during Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

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Unfortunately, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has snuffed most of that out. In an interview with Logan Murdock of NBC Sports Bay Area, Kerr said “it’s unlikely that he’s going to play this year.”

While the All-Star break in February had been given as a target for Thompson’s return, that’s optimistic given the 11-12 month recovery time that’s common for NBA players returning from an ACL tear. Returning in February would give Klay Thompson just seven months to recover from his July surgery.


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Players like Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker needed nearly a year to fully recover.

Kerr saying it’s “unlikely” that Thompson will play this season does leave room for him to beat the recovery odds, but Kerr isn’t betting on it.

He also essentially ruled out an April return for Thompson, which would have him playing his first games of the season right before or during the playoffs.

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