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June 13, 2019 will forever be a date linked to Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors.
In Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals on this date, Thompson and the Warriors were looking to make a comeback against the Toronto Raptors and force a decisive Game 7 with a title on the line.
That goal was never achieved for the Warriors, however, and for Thompson, a cloud of doubt was cast over his career due to a torn ACL in Game 6 of this series. The Raptors won the title in 2019 and the Warriors entered a dark place as a franchise.
Maybe no one was in a darker place than Klay Thompson.
Thompson’s love for basketball has been in his blood his entire life, as Klay’s father, Mychal Thompson played in the league for 12 seasons, winning two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Just being alone on the floor, shooting three points in an empty gymnasium gives Klay Thompson a joy that cannot be expressed in words.
Suffering from a torn left ACL in the 2019 NBA Finals, that joy was stolen from Thompson and he faced an uphill battle to get back on the court knowing he wouldn’t be in the game at all. able to contribute to his team during the 2019-20 season. , a year in which the Warriors went 15-50, their worst record as a franchise since the 1952-53 season when they were the Philadelphia Warriors.
Anticipation grew in the offseason following the 2019-20 season for Klay Thompson’s return to the court, a comeback that could quickly return the Golden State Warriors to the top of the NBA standings, but another ‘doomsday scenario’ looms. is introduced to Thompson and this franchise.
On the afternoon of the 2020 NBA Draft, Thompson ruptured his right Achilles tendon while playing basketball with other NBA talent in Los Angeles. Another long and exhausting road awaited Klay Thompson in another recovery process and doubts began to form as to whether he would actually play another game in the NBA.
Not only were these doubts cast from outside the Warriors organization, Thompson himself was in a very dark place and he was seen emotionally visibly shaken at times during the 2020-21 season on the bench. of the team due to the fact that he couldn’t do what he loves.
However, he was not about to let these injuries define his career and throughout his process of rehabilitation following this Achilles rupture, many members of the Warriors organization noticed a sense of pride and of motivation different from Thompson.
Finally, after 941 days of recovery, stress and mental fatigue, Klay Thompson returned to the court in what was one of the best moments of the 2021-22 NBA season.