Klay Thompson War­rior in­jury sta­tus un­sure

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The Golden State War­riors ex­pect to have a bet­ter idea about how Klay Thompson’s re­cov­ery from re­con­struc­tive left knee surgery is go­ing once the team can fi­nally re­con­vene af­ter the long sep­a­ra­tion caused by the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

For now, gen­eral man­ager Bob My­ers is en­cour­aged Thompson has ex­pe­ri­enced no set­backs dur­ing the ex­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process.

“I think we’ve got to take a look at him when we see him,” My­ers said yes­ter­day on a con­fer­ence call. “There’s dif­fer­ent ver­sions of 100 per cent — 100 per cent for you or I when we walk around the street is not 100 per cent of an

NBA bas­ket­ball player play­ing bas­ket­ball. So un­til we kind of test him and see him and he’s start­ing one-on-one and then twoon-two — and ob­vi­ously the pan­demic has not al­lowed him that op­por­tu­nity to do those type of things.”

Thompson tore the acute cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment, also known as an ACL, in his left knee on June 13 dur­ing Game 6 of the NBA Fi­nals against the Toronto Rap­tors and had surgery on July 2. He was re-eval­u­ated over the All-Star break and the team deter­mined around that time that Stephen Curry’s Splash Brother wouldn’t play at all this sea­son without the team be­ing in the mix for the play-offs fol­low­ing five straight trips to the NBA Fi­nals.

The War­riors fin­ished 15-50 for the NBA’s worst record with Thompson out and with Curry nurs­ing a bro­ken left hand for most of the sea­son. Two-time NBA Fi­nals MVP Kevin Du­rant de­parted in free agency to join the Brook­lyn Nets.

As ea­ger as ev­ery­one is to see Thompson back to his dom­i­nant All-Star self, that will come in due time.

“There’s no rush, clearly. As far as I’ve heard he’s re­cov­er­ing fine, there hasn’t been a set­back, but one thing that’s been a lit­tle bit dif­fi­cult in the last cou­ple months is our abil­ity to over­see those things as much as you might nor­mally,” My­ers said. “So I imag­ine at some point when we col­lec­tively get to­gether I can also an­swer that bet­ter.”

“I think what peo­ple re­ally want to know is has he been play­ing and what’s he looks like and that’s re­ally the an­swer to 100% and we won’t know that un­til we kind of reach that point in time.”

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Golden State War­riors’ Klay Thompson (right) drib­bles by Char­lotte Hor­nets’ Marco Be­linelli dur­ing an NBA game at the Oak­land Arena in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 1, 2017.

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