Wednesday, August 17 2022

Emotional, recovering Klay stays on bench long after Dubs win originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The finish line is in sight for Warriors star Klay Thompson, and he seems be overwhelmed by the emotion of his eventual return from two devastating leg injuries.

After the Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-103 on Wednesday night at Chase Center, Thompson stayed on the bench long after the players and most of the fans had cleared out of the arena.

Thompson seemed to be emotional and was soaking in the moment, at one point draping a towel over his head.

The few fans left in the building noticed Thompson on the bench and started chanting his name.

Thompson stayed on the Warriors bench for more than 30 minutes after the game. He finally left and was accompanied by Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

Kerr was asked after the game about Thompson staying on the bench long after the final buzzer had sounded.

“I just try to put myself in his shoes,” Kerr said. “The good news is he is nearing the finish line on this. But he can’t help but stop and think about how much he’s lost the last couple of years, just on a personal level. He loves the game so much and not being able to play, not really being able to be a part of the team the way he wants to, it’s been pretty emotional for him. He’s very human, I guess that’s what I’m trying to say, like, he’s vulnerable, he’s emotional. That’s what makes him such a beautiful person and he just cares and he loves the game, he loves the work and he wants to be part of everything. All that’s been ripped away the last two years. So there’s been times where he’s been pretty down.”

Thompson has missed the last 29 months recovering first from a torn left ACL and then a torn right Achilles. While he has started participating in 5-on-5 scrimmages, the Warriors haven’t announced a return date for the five-time NBA All-Star.

Source: Yahoo Sports


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