Klay Thompson’s Long-Awaited Return Is Pushed Back

Klay Thompson‘s long-awaited return had previously zeroed in on Dec. 25, but a breaking report on Thursday stated that the Warriors will not activate Thompson by the Christmas Day deadline.

According to a joint report by The Athletic‘s Shams Charania and Anthony Slater, the Golden State Warrior’s recovery from an Achilles injury — first suffered back in November 2020 — has been making the necessary progressions for an imminent comeback, but the team is reportedly holding Thompson for several added weeks of conditioning. Thompson has been cleared to join practice and is partaking in five-on-five scrimmages, which gave fans hope that they’d see his return by the marquee date of Christmas.

Golden State is scheduled to face off against the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 25. Should the team wait until a home game to debut Thompson, as previously noted by the team brass, we can expect to see him as soon as Dec. 28 against the Denver Nuggets — but the team remains mum on a firm date.

Teammate Draymond Green expressed some uncertainty regarding Thompson’s delayed deadline — unable to quell any rumors of a setback in the recovery timeline. Green explained that the team has kept conversations on Thompson’s return relatively under wraps.

“To be quite honest with you, I know just as much about Klay’s return as you do,” Green admitted via ClutchPoints. “And that’s nothing. We know he’s returning at some point and that’s about all I know. The same reports you read like Christmas Day before Christmas Day is the same reports I read. That’s kind of how it’s gone.”

Sitting atop the NBA and Western Conference at 23-5, the Warriors provide a foundation for Thompson’s recovery to ease itself back on its own accord instead of demanding an urgent return.


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