Mychal Thompson makes NBA playoff predictions, talks Klay's ACL rehab

Mychal Thompson makes NBA playoff predictions, talks Klay's ACL rehab

Warriors guard Klay Thompson tore his left ACL on June 13 during Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

On July 2, the five-time All-Star underwent surgery to repair the ligament.

He is expected to return in about seven months:

"Klay is a guy who's gonna work hard to come back," Mychal Thompson said Monday afternoon on KNBR 680. "Everybody heals differently but he's gonna work really hard to come back next season.

"They're gonna be monitoring him really closely. Klay will let them know how he feels. They'll put him through a million paces and all kinds of drills -- 5-on-5 drills -- before he's allowed to play again.

'You can trust the Warriors training staff and team doctors. Medicine and rehab is so advanced that everybody will know if he's ready to go or not."

Klay signed a five-year max contract worth just under $190 million, and there's no way the Dubs will rush him back whatsoever.

That means he'll likely miss the start of the season in a now-loaded Western Conference. Now that the dust has settled following a crazy free-agent period, who is the team to beat?

"The Lakers are back to being the favorites to win the title again," Mychal declared. "I've been hearing about how the Clippers are the best team. If it was a 2-on-2 game, obviously everybody out there would take LeBron and AD over Kawhi and Paul George.

"The Lakers have a better roster. Better players ... the Lakers are loaded. They're the best two teams in the West right now. I'm aleady expecting the Western Conference finals to be played in Staples Center -- unless Klay comes back and he's healthy and he's 100 percent to go, and then the Warriors are right back in the mix."

It's hard to disagree with anything Mychal said. Nobody will want to face the Dubs in mid-April if Klay is back and the rest of the roster is completely healthy.

And don't worry Dub Nation -- Mychal is not one of the people predicting the Warriors will miss the playoffs.

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"Oklahoma City is gonna be the only team that's gonna drop out of the top eight," he said. "All the other seven teams that qualified for the playoffs last year are gonna be right back in it."

Once again, yours truly agrees with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft.

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Warriors Profile: First round pick Jordan Poole


Warriors Profile: First round pick Jordan Poole

The Golden State showed faith in Jordan Poole last month, drafting him 28th overall in the 2019 NBA draft. 

Poole has all the tools to be a rotation player, but the same question the followed him throughout his college career: Can he put it all together?

For now, take a look at Poole's latest player profile. 

Contract: 2 year / $4,028,040 (with options for the 2021-22, 2022-23 seasons. 

Last season: Poole averaged 12.8 points per game during his sophomore season at Michigan. The 20-year old displayed an effective scoring ability, finishing with 15 or more points in 16 games, including a 26 point performance in a win over South Carolina. Additionally, he shot 37 percent from 3-point range, averaging two 3-pointers per game. 

Still, some observers were surprised when Poole declared for the 2019 NBA draft and curious when the projected second-rounder was selected with the 28th pick.  While the guard showed promise as a scorer, his defense lagged, often getting caught on screens and surrendering backdoor passes. 

Outlook: With Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Kevin Durant gone, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will prioritize a youth movement to help offset the mileage of Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, opening the door for Poole to get an opportunity. 

In Vegas Summer League, Poole showed promise towards that goal, averaging 17.8 points, including a 12-point performance against Denver, helping Golden State overcome a 17-point deficit to beat the Nuggets 73-69 in their final preliminary round game.

Poole also showed an ability to make plays, throwing a variety of behind-the-back passes, often getting teammates involved in the offense. If Poole can continue his upward offensive trajectory, he can compete for minutes on the floor.

Forbes calls Warriors one of top 10 most valuable franchises in world

Forbes calls Warriors one of top 10 most valuable franchises in world

Forbes released its annual NBA franchise valuations back in early February, and the Warriors ($3.5 billion) checked in at No. 3 behind the Lakers ($3.7 billion) and Knicks ($4 billion).

On Monday, the publication issued its "The World's 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams 2019" report and Golden State is in the Top 10:

1) Dallas Cowboys = $5 billion
2) New York Yankees = $4.6 billion
3) Real Madrid = $4.24 billion
4) Barcelona = $4.02 billion
5) New York Knicks = $4 billion
6) Manchester United = $3.81 billion
7) New Englad Patriots = $3.8 billion
8) Los Angeles Lakers = $3.7 billion
9) Golden State Warriors = $3.5 billion
10) New York Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers = $3.3 billion

As Forbes wrote in February:

The Golden State Warriors are leaving Oracle Arena, the NBA’s oldest building, next season for the $1 billion Chase Center. The reigning league champs have secured $2 billion in contractually obligated income from sponsorships, suites and season ticket holder fees for the new arena. Look for the Warriors to challenge the Knicks as the NBA’s leading revenue generator.

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The inaugural event at Chase Center -- a joint performance by Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony -- is slated for Sept. 6. The first basketball game will be an exhibition contest between the Warriors and Lakers on Oct. 5.

Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the franchise for $450 million in 2010.

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