- Editor's note: All November, NBC Sports Bay Area and California's HeadStrong series will tell important stories that change the narrative surrounding mental health and sports. First up: Warriors superstar Klay Thompson details the mental challenges he faced after back-to-back season-ending injuries.
To say that Klay Thompson's road to recovery has been a long journey would be an understatement.
Having been away from the court for more than two and a half years, Thompson is nearing his long-awaited return after having sustained two serious lower-leg injuries in back-to-back seasons.
The grueling road to recovery was hard for Klay, and understandably so. After working his way back from a torn-ACL that he suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, Thompson then sustained a torn Achilles prior to the start of the 2020-21 NBA season.
For any athlete -- and any person for that matter -- rehabbing from two very serious injuries for more than two years would take its toll both mentally and physically.
Thompson sat down with NBC Sports Bay Area and California's "HeadStrong," where he discussed his road to recovery, and how one person, in particular, helped him improve his mental health during his time away from the court.
“Luckily for me, Tony Robbins is friends with [Co-Executive Chairman of the Warriors] Peter Gruber," Thompson said. "Tony came and talked to our team during the spring of 2018, and it was such an amazing experience. He helped me so much, and we only had one session like a week after I got hurt, I was still in a boot. He had me screaming in my house, doing a bunch of things, techniques I still carry to this day.
"Tony is a world-renowned speaker and motivator, obviously, but to get some one-on-one time with him, some intimate time with him was priceless. Honestly, I can’t even put into words how much he helped me during those initial stages.”
Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker, author and philanthropist is known for his self-help seminars and his work offering advice to many Fortune 500 CEOs and even United States Presidents.
It's clear that Robbins' advice had an impact on Thompson's mental health during his recovery.
Stadium's Shams Charania reported on October 14 that Thompson could be cleared to practice in full sometime in the next few weeks. This timeline matches up with an earlier report that the Warriors are targeting a Christmas day return for Klay.
Whenever Thompson does return to the court for the Warriors, his long and difficult journey over the past two-plus years will finally come to an end, and Dubs fans will be ecstatic to welcome him back.
Klay Thompson's full interview with NBC Sports' HeadStrong will air Friday, November 5 on "Warriors Pregame Live."