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Emotional Myers hoping for best on Klay's right leg injury

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The anguish was written all over Bob Myers' face.

On a day the general manager of the Warriors should have been ecstatic after adding one of the top draft prospects, Myers was dealt a gut punch with news that All-Star guard Klay Thompson suffered a right leg injury during a workout in Southern California on Wednesday.

The latest report is that the fear is Thompson suffered a "significant Achilles injury."

Myers joined NBC Sports Bay Area's "Warriors Draft Special," but couldn't confirm the specific extent of Thompson's injury.

"I don't know too much more than you guys do," Myers told Greg Papa, Chris Mullin and Monte Poole on Wednesday night. "I spoke to Klay this afternoon, I guess. Seems like a long time ago. I don't know guys. We don't know the extent of it yet. 

"But he's going to get an MRI tomorrow and, other than that, it's hard to say. You can pick how you handle these things. I'm hoping for the best, but at this point .. I don't know."

Myers confirmed that Thompson injured his right leg, not the left leg, which he just spent the last 16 months rehabbing after tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

Myers has had to deal with some brutal injuries to his players over the last 18 months, from Kevin Durant's Achilles injury to Thompson's ACL to Steph Curry's broken hand last October. Now Thompson has another potentially major injury.

 

"We're human beings, so I want to enjoy ... I've probably gone through a lot of emotions today," Myers said. "I was very happy ... I know we're going to take about [James] Wiseman, but I care about our players. I really do.

"And I think about them. They are human beings. I know a lot of the fans love them and care about them just like I do. But you get to know them in the position I'm in, and you go through the highs and lows with them. And I'm just praying for good news tomorrow. You feel like you take some gut punches in this business. I guess a lot of people listening right now would be like 'What are you complaining about? You've had some pretty amazing memories.' But the health stuff is the stuff that hurts the most."

Myers said that several members of the Warriors organization flew down to Los Angeles to be with Thompson, but he stayed behind in the Bay Area because the team has NBA draft business to wrap up.

Wiseman and second-round draft pick Nico Mannion will be introduced Thursday at a press conference at Thrive City outside Chase Center, and Myers will be there.

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By the time the press conference begins, Myers and Dub Nation likely could have the results of Thompson's MRI that could change the course of their offseason and 2020-21 season.

It was a bittersweet day for Myers and the Warriors. That much was evident by the look on Myers' face Wednesday night.