The Warriors have missed Klay Thompson this season, and they'll miss him for the rest of it.
Golden State ruled Thompson out for the remainder of the season, the team announced Thursday.
Official announcement for Klay Thompson. Warriors say he is “on track” with his recovery timeline and will be ready for training camp in September. pic.twitter.com/ttBnqOJbFb— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) February 21, 2020
The New York Times' Marc Stein first reported the news.
"This is what I expected from the beginning given the severity of the injury," coach Steve Kerr said before Thursday game against the Houston Rockets. "And the normal timetable ... and so here we are. It's no surprise."
The star shooting guard has spent the entire season rehabbing the torn left ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the last year's NBA Finals, with some of the rehab coming while wearing a full Warriors uniform. Kerr indeed has expected this result all season, telling NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock in October that it was "unlikely that [Thompson was] going to play this year."
"You have to look at it realistically," Kerr said at the time. "I had an ACL [tear] in college, and I missed a whole season. Generally, an ACL for a basketball player is a full-year recovery, and if it's a full year for Klay, that puts them out for the season."
Kerr reiterated that point Tuesday night, telling reporters he didn't "even entertain any thoughts of Klay playing this year."
It has been a rough season for the Warriors. With Thompson out for the entire season and Steph Curry going down during the second week with a broken hand, the Warriors have sunk to the bottom of the NBA, using the down season to recharge and reload in hopes of continuing their title run next season.
"Klay was expecting this," Kerr said. "It's been a very frustrating year for Klay, but I think he's almost out of the woods. He's a couple months away from this season ending and moving towards a summer of preparing for the next season with his teammates. I think that's a much better place for him to be emotionally."
While Thompson hasn't been electrifying fans on the court this season, he has entertained on social media. He had fun taking the ferry to San Francisco, wore a Kimono, loved ex-teammate JaVale McGee's dunk and had a brief stint as a sideline reporter for NBC Sports Bay Area.
They won't rush Thompson back to knock off the rust this season, but the Warriors should be at full strength when they open up next season refreshed and ready to reclaim their throne.