The Warriors may be without guard Klay Thompson for a second straight season after he suffered a right leg injury during a workout Wednesday.
Thompson was playing in a pickup game in Southern California when he landed on his right leg and felt pain in his calf. He will undergo an MRI Thursday morning and the Warriors fear he has an Achilles tendon injury. Team trainers and coach Steve Kerr will travel to Los Angeles to be with Thompson when he gets the results. They are hopeful it’s not serious enough to sideline him for the 2020-21 season.
Klay Thompson, 30, was set to return from a torn left ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals that sidelined him for the entirety of last season. A participant in the Warriors’ recent offseason minicamp at Chase Center, Thompson was on track to be ready for the start of the training camp Dec. 1 prior to suffering this injury.
This setback raises questions for a team that had hoped to return to contention in the Western Conference after injuries derailed last season.
The Warriors selected James Wiseman with the No. 2 pick in Wednesday night’s draft. The 7-foot-1 center will provide rim protection and a scoring presence in the paint, but now Golden State may have a more dire need on the perimeter.
During his media availability, Wiseman admitted the news of Thompson’s injury was disappointing on an otherwise exciting night.
“As soon as I saw [the news], it was kind of down for me emotionally,” Wiseman said. “But as a team we’ve got his back no matter what, and he’s going to be in great recovery. And in my perspective, I just can’t wait to go in there and give my great contribution toward the team. Go in there and learn as much as possible, grow and adapt within that environment and play my position.
“All praise be to Klay Thompson, my teammate. He’s going to be just fine.”
In the minutes before the draft, Warriors teammates and other stars rallied around Thompson on social media.
“Praying a lot KlayThompson is cool!! Like it’s super minor,” tweeted LeBron James.
“Prayers up for my brother,” tweeted Draymond Green.
Though Klay Thompson ’s injury did not impact Golden State’s strategy in the first round, in the draft’s second round the Warriors did get perimeter help with Arizona point guard Nico Mannion and Boise State shooting guard Justinian Jessup, who will play next season professionally in Australia.
“There was more stress,” Myers said of draft night. “Hopefully, I’ll look back and think about what was I stressing about. But right now I have to wait until tomorrow to hear. We’re just hoping that we hear something good.
“Until then I’m going to try to keep the spirits up and support him and hear what we hear tomorrow and go from there.”