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Klay's shot looks even better than before injury, dad says

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It has been a while since we've gotten an update on Klay Thompson and his surgically repaired knee.

But Mychal Thompson on Sunday provided the latest intel on the Warriors' star shooting guard.

"He's doing great, man. He's playing, going full speed," Klay's father said on SiriusXM NBA Radio. "Back to being a basketball player -- fully healthy. I've been watching him work out, and I'll tell you one thing -- it's crazy to say, but his shot looks even better.

"(That) should be expected because that's all you can do for so long is just go out and shoot, shoot, shoot until you get that full clearance.

"But he is ready to go. If the season were to start (at the) normal time, he'd be out there with Steph (Curry) and the boys."

Klay tore his left ACL during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals vs. the Toronto Raptors.

Although it sounded like there was a chance of Thompson returning in late February or March, he ended up missing the entire 2019-20 season.

Considering where the Warriors were in the standings, there was no reason whatsoever for the five-time All-Star to suit up.

So Klay is doing more than just going through individual workouts? He's taking part in live action?

"Yeah. Steve Kerr has come up and watched him work out and scrimmage," Mychal Thompson said. "He's back to playing and doing all the natural things like he did before the surgery.

 

"These doctors now can repair you as good as knew. These doctors and medical staffs are amazing people."

The Warriors are allowed to begin group workouts next Monday at Chase Center in San Francisco. Coach Steve Kerr in late August said the plan is to "get a lot of scrimmaging in," but it's unclear if Thompson will be a full participant as the franchise has not yet made any sort of announcement on his availability.

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Based on general manager Bob Myers' comments to The Athletic's Tim Kawakami last month, it sure sounds like he expects the 30-year-old to take the court.

"We're gonna go into this in-market bubble in a few weeks and watch what our core-four guys look like -- and I'm putting (Andrew) Wiggins in there," he said. "What does that even look like? Nobody has seen it. I haven't seen it, you haven't seen it, no coach has seen it, players haven't felt it.

"So in order to kind of move forward, we need to evaluate what we have -- and evaluate what that is. I'd be lying if I knew what it was. I have ideas of what it might be ... we need to see it, and that's why I'm excited about the weeks in September and early October to see some of it."

We should find out soon if anything has changed on that front.

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