Pop says Klay will be back and 'kicking a--' with Warriors


Gregg Popovich knows Warriors star Klay Thompson won't be down for long.

The San Antonio Spurs head coach was asked by NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke about Thompson's extended absence from the court, and Pop gave a thoughtful answer about the "tragic" nature of Klay's injury.

"When he lays down at night, he misses it, and nobody can help him there," Popovich told reporters before the Spurs' game against the Warriors on Monday night. "I just have a feeling, he's strong enough mentally where he'll come back from it and he'll be kicking a-- when he gets back."

Thompson spoke to how much he misses the game during an appearance on NBC Sports Bay Area's broadcast of the Warriors' game against the Detroit Pistons in late-January.

"I'm living. Good to be back in the building," Thompson told Fitzgerald and Azubuike. "I'm so eagerly waiting to play. Just bored at times. Stuff is slow with letting my Achilles try to heal and get to the next stage, which is mobility work. But I'm feeling good. I'm happy to be with my teammates. Unfortunate I'm not playing. It kills me every day, but I plan on playing for a long time and I don't want to have any mishaps from this rehab."

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Monday was a big day for Thompson, as he celebrated his 31st birthday by getting his walking boot off, which Steve Kerr called an important "milestone" in his rehab process.


It will be a momentous day in Warriors franchise history when Klay finally does make his return to the court, after such a long layoff.

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