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Warriors coach Steve Kerr clarifies comments on Klay Thompson recovery

Warriors coach Steve Kerr clarifies comments on Klay Thompson recovery

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hours after an interview aired, during which Steve Kerr declared Warriors guard Klay Thompson was "unlikely" to return this season, the coach clarified his comments Tuesday, blaming the current media landscape for how his explanation was received. 

"My comment was very matter of fact," Kerr said following practice Tuesday afternoon. "ACL [injuries], generally they take nine to 12 months. Nine months takes us right until the end of the season.

"It's really not news, it's more reality. We'll leave the door open and we'll see what happens at the end of the year. But Klay is doing great." 

Kerr's latest comments on Thompson, who tore his ACL in June, came following an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Bay Area that aired Tuesday on NBC Sports' NBA Season Tip-Off Show. In the interview, Kerr called Thompson's return this season "unlikely," citing the team's recovery timeline of nine to 12 months.

Following Tuesday's practice, Kerr blamed the current media landscape for taking his comments out of context.

"I forgot with modern media that 'unlikely' is going to become -- on the ticker -- 'out for the year' and all that stuff," Kerr said. "Probably my mistake for opening my month. Not the first time I've gotten myself in trouble for doing that, but it's an ACL. So if you just do your research on the history of ACLs, he had surgery on July 2. Get a calculator, do the math." 

Following his injury, Thompson said he hoped to play after the NBA All-Star break in February. Entering training camp, both Kerr and Warriors general manager Bob Myers expressed hope Thompson could return this season.

Thompson's injury comes during a unique time for the Warriors. During the NBA playoffs, the team faced scrutiny for how it handled Kevin Durant's calf injury and his subsequent ruptured Achilles. On Tuesday, Kerr was asked if his initial comments on Thompson were an attempt to get ahead of further questioning on the injury. 

"I think in general these days it's more difficult to get out ahead of the messaging on any issue," Kerr said. "And so you have to be careful, and like I said I probably made a mistake yesterday, but we're just handling it as we would handle any injury and he's doing great. Like we said in training camp, we'll have an update at the All-Star break."

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Thompson has been visible around the team in recent weeks. Following Sunday's practice, he stood along the baseline as players wrapped up individual workouts.

On Tuesday, he put up practice shots with guard D'Angelo Russell and rookie Jordan Poole. For a player who has never missed more than nine games in a season, Kerr said Thompson still is adjusting to his new circumstances. 

"Klay's bored more than anything," Kerr said. "He wants to play, he loves basketball so much. So the good thing is he's starting to shoot out here, he's starting to do more things, but we've had internal discussions with several of them in recent weeks and we understand the circumstances."

Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Every Warriors fan remembers exactly where they were when Klay Thompson saved Golden State's season in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City.

I was in Nashville, Tenn., for a cousin's wedding, unable to watch the thriller on TV. I had to follow along on Twitter.

With the 73-win Warriors on the verge of being eliminated by the Thunder, Thompson went thermonuclear with a single-game NBA playoff record 11 3-pointers. He finished with 41 points, and "Game 6 Klay" was born.

It's one of the most iconic performances in Bay Area sports history.

But does it belong on the Mount Rushmore of best Bay Area performances? Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes so, and he explained why Friday during an interview with 95.7 The Game.

"Just one of the most incredible, clutch performances in such a desperate moment," Kerr said on the "Damon, Ratto and Kolsky" show. "We were really dominated for most of those series, and we were just hanging on for dear life in that game, down eight or 10 for most of the game. I've watched that game several times since, and it's almost impossible to fathom what Klay did and what he was able to do individually in that game to pull the game for us. It was just an amazing performance."

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Thompson's performance allowed the Warriors to return home for a Game 7, where they knocked off the Thunder to advance to a second straight NBA Finals.

In terms of best Bay Area performances or moments, I would lock in Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC, Madison Bumgarner's Game 7 relief outing against the Kansas City Royals in 2014, and the Joe Montana-Dwight Clark "The Catch" from the 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The fourth member of this list is open for debate. Could it be Travis Ishikawa's pennant-winning homer in 2014? Steph Curry's 37-point performance in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals? Kevin Durant's dagger 3-pointer in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers? Montana's Super Bowl XXIII-winning pass to John Taylor? Montana's five-touchdown performance in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIV win? Steve Young's six-touchdown effort in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX win over the San Diego Chargers? Edgar Renteria's two-run homer in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series? Cal-Stanford's "The Play" in 1982? Something else?

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Bay Area sports fans, tell us which four individual postseason performances or moments you would carve into your Mount Rushmore.

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Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

The last decade was littered with some of the greatest MVP seasons in NBA history.

From Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 becoming the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson in 1962 to LeBron James taking his game to new heights during the 2012-13 season, there was no shortage of singular campaigns to remember. Of course, Warriors star Steph Curry was plenty unprecedented on his own, becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2015-16 and the only player other than James to win the award multiple times in the 2010s.

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Curry's MVP wins will stand the test of time, but where do those campaigns stand among his award-winning peers' in the last 10 years? Here's how I ranked the MVP-winning seasons of the 2010s, starting with arguably the biggest outlier among the bunch. 

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