It's been nearly seven months since Klay Thompson tore his right Achilles tendon during a pickup game in Southern California.
The Warriors don't yet know if the three-time NBA champion will take the court for Opening Night next season, but his rehab process is in a good place.
"There haven’t been any setbacks in his recovery, according to league sources, and the Warriors expect that he will be a participant in training camp," Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group writes.
Now that doesn't necessarily mean Klay will be full-go without any restrictions whenever camp officially opens.
His status won't be determined for several more months.
Klay missed the entire 2019-20 season after tearing his left ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals vs. the Toronto Raptors, and then was sidelined the whole 2020-21 campaign because of the Achilles.
It's going to take him some time to feel like he's all the way back.
"What we're focused on is when do we expect Klay to be Klay, and I don't know if that will be January, February, March -- it's too early to say," president of basketball operations Bob Myers said a couple of weeks ago. "We're not going to throw him out there if he's not ready."
Warriors fans will need to remain patient.
"I'll be honest -- I don't expect to come back and [play] balls to the wall, 38 minutes a night, guarding the best player, running around 100 screens," Klay told the media in mid-March. "I'm gonna get to that point. I guarantee that.
"But I've talked to [Warriors director of sports medicine] Rick Celebrini about it a lot. It might be 20 minutes to start the season. We'll see where I'm at."
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