Warriors officially rule out injured Klay Thompson for rest of season

Warriors officially rule out injured Klay Thompson for rest of season

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. 

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."

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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.

Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Rick Welts has seen a lot of basketball over the years. But one single performance stands out above the rest.

The Warriors' team president and chief operating officer was asked Wednesday morning on 95.7 The Game: "Quarantine game -- if you're stuck indoors for a full year, one TV, one game playing on a loop, 24/7, 365 -- what game is Rick Welts taking?"

The Hall of Famer provided a definitive answer:

"Let's see. Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson. Larry Bird. Actually not even a close call for me. I only have one box score framed in my office -- if I ever get to see my office again -- and that's Klay's 37-point quarter. Without a doubt -- the most amazing thing I've ever seen on a basketball court.

"I could never get tired of watching it. He was out of his mind. I'm not sure we'll ever see anything like that again. And the crowd was a big part of it because he reacted every time the crowd reacted. Our bench was insane.

"Everybody in the building knew they were seeing history being made."

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In the third quarter of the Warriors' win over the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 23, 2015, Klay Thompson went 13-for-13 overall, 9-for-9 from deep and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Very good choice, Mr. Welts.

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What sporting event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

What sporting event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole has many interests outside of basketball.

If you follow him on Instagram, you know that he loves cats.

The 20-year-old enjoys watching movies and TV shows, and generally considers himself a homebody.

Poole also likes other sports, and when Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group asked him which canceled or postponed sporting events he is going to miss, the Michigan product provided an answer that might surprise you.

"I love watching the college World Series, I definitely like watching softball as well," he said. "March Madness was going to be cool of course, but that’s basketball. The college World Series is something sports-related that I was really looking forward to."

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How did Poole get into college baseball?

"I would watch the games when we were in school (at Michigan), go support my guys on the team, but I was really locked into the World Series," he answered. "Those games get pretty rowdy."

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Last year, Michigan reached the College World Series for the first time since 1984.

The Wolverines advanced all the way to the championship best-of-three series -- winning Game 1 before dropping the next two to Vanderbilt.

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