Zaza Pachulia

Klay Thompson hits 3-pointer in full Warriors uniform on Zaza Pachulia assist

Klay Thompson hits 3-pointer in full Warriors uniform on Zaza Pachulia assist

It has been six months since Klay Thompson played in an NBA game. The Warriors star has the itch.

Thompson still is working his way back from tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, but he gets closer to returning with each day that passes. On Sunday, Thompson got a little help in his rehab from former teammate turned Warriors executive, Zaza Pachulia.

Pachulia posted a video to Instagram that showed he and Thompson at the Warriors' practice facility. Klay -- wearing a full Warriors uniform with a headband -- took a bounce pass from Zaza in the corner and drilled a 3-pointer. This will make Warriors fans' day. 

Just like old times, indeed.

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This game-uniform-look apparently isn't a new thing for Klay this season.

While it still feels like a long shot for Thompson to return this season, he certainly looks like he's ready to lace them up again.

Get back soon Klay, and bring the "old times" with you to Chase Center.

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Klay Thompson, Zaza Pachulia bromance persists with new-look Warriors

Klay Thompson, Zaza Pachulia bromance persists with new-look Warriors

It's arguably the best bromance in basketball.

Klay Thompson and Zaza Pachulia were teammates for two eventful seasons, both of which culminated in the Warriors winning the NBA Championship. Neither player has won a title since, and now both find themselves in very different situations than they were in just two years ago. 

That is, neither is actually playing.

Pachulia announced his retirement in August after 16 seasons in the NBA, but has since rejoined the Warriors organization as a consultant. Thompson, meanwhile, is rehabbing his way back from a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

The Warriors' odd couple often was inseparable as teammates, and now as part of the same organization once again, the two have been brought together again.

"One of the reasons I love this game is because I've built special relationships with special people," Pachulia said of his friendship with Thompson. "It's been tough for him, obviously, with the season starting and not being able to play and help the team. And he's such a competitor. He loves this game. He's been into this game so much. Knowing him, it's very tough.

"It's been tough for me as well ... retirement, new role, adjusting to this ... so to be honest, we haven't had a lot of time to get together off the court, but I'll be seeing him and I've been talking to him a lot, either on the phone or when he comes into the facility. He's been there rehabbing, working out. But we've got a long season, so I'm sure we're going to get together, especially since we're both in town."

Pachulia sees an additional benefit to being back in the vicinity of his buddy.

"Good to be back with him," he added. "We can go on double-dates with him."

Just like when they were teammates, Pachulia views his current mandate within the friendship simply as being there for Klay.

"He definitely needs support," Pachulia said. "To be away from something you love that you've been doing all your life ... it's different. It's a lot like retirement ... it feels like it. That's how I think I can help him. Just to talk to him, to be around him. Obviously, we trust each other, we care about each other. The conversation is always interesting, and we always have a great time.

"That's the key -- for him to keep his mind right. Rehab is such a slow pace compared to what he's used to."

[RELATED: Zaza makes lofty comparison for Warriors rookie Paschall]

Thompson isn't Golden State's only star guard currently sidelined with a significant injury. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry will be out until at least February recovering from a broken wrist, but Pachulia sees the silver lining in both unfortunate events.

"For them, they've had so much pressure and load the last couple of years, I think it's good to reload and refresh their mind and body," Pachulia asserted. "They're both going to have an opportunity to work on their body in a different way than they've been doing it ... I have faith both of them are going to come back hungry and go for another run and bring that joy and excitement back."

Seeing the Splash Brothers back out on the court certainly would bring joy back into the lives of Warriors fans. Until then, though, you can count on the bromance to help.

Zaza Pachulia likens Warriors' Eric Paschall to ex-teammate Al Horford

Zaza Pachulia likens Warriors' Eric Paschall to ex-teammate Al Horford

For the first time in his NBA career, Eric Paschall shot worse than 50 percent (six of 15) from the field in the Warriors' 129-112 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

It prevented Golden State's rookie from reaching the 20-point plateau for a third straight game -- he scored 19 -- but he still managed to have a quality all-around performance, complete with six rebounds and three assists.

Former Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia spent 18 years in the NBA, and he had high praise for the Dubs' second-round draft pick Wednesday.

"I would say he's one of the most mature rookies I've seen, to be honest," Pachulia said of Paschall on Warriors Postgame Live. 

Paschall has been the main bright spot in an otherwise depressing Warriors' season to date, as the No. 41 overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft has gone from relative unknown to Golden State's top offensive option in the wake of injuries to several traditional starters. 

"I give him credit," Pachulia continued, "but at the same time, understand that the better he plays, the more focus is going to be on him. He's going to face different challenges from game to game, and that's how it goes ... It's great for him to be dealing with this in his rookie year."

Back in 2007, Pachulia was entering his fifth NBA season and third as a member of the Hawks, and Atlanta had just used the No. 3 overall draft pick on a big man who had spent three years at a top collegiate program and won an NCAA championship.

Sound familiar?

When asked if Paschall reminds him of anyone from his playing career, Pachulia came up with a lofty comparison.

"He's unique," Pachulia described Paschall. "Definitely, he's unique. Probably a bit of Al Horford, I would say. When Al came into the league, winning two championships with the Florida Gators, he had that -- he had that maturity. 

"He was well-spoken off the court, on the court. He was a winner. He was doing the right things, he was playing the right way. He was a beast down there, as well. Different positions, but bringing the personality into it, what I see in Paschall basically reminds me of Al."

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Safe to say, if Paschall reaches the same heights that Horford has, the Warriors will be even more elated at the Villanova product falling into their laps than they already are. Like Horford, Pachulia believes Paschall has the mindset to capitalize on his vast potential.

"He's mature for a rookie, but he's going to get even better," Pachulia predicted. "He's going to learn more and he's going to gain more experience and he's going to improve his game. His maturity is only going to help speed up his growth."

The Warriors have an abundance of youth and a dearth of talent. But with a mature rookie like Paschall, both of those areas aren't as bad as once feared.