Welcome back, Klay: Recounting Thompson's emotional journey


Imagine going from June 13, 2019 to Jan. 9, 2022 not being able to do the thing you love to do the most.

That's what Warriors star Klay Thompson had to endure.

For 31 months, Thompson was stripped of his ability to play NBA basketball, first by a torn left ACL and then by a torn right Achilles. Each injury, alone, is significant for any athlete. But for a player to sustain both in succession is unheard of.

The last two and a half years have been tough and emotional for Thompson. But they have made him stronger. And they allowed the world to see a different side of him.

Thompson's long journey back to playing in an NBA game ends Sunday when he makes his long-awaited return against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chase Center. It will go down as one of the most emotional days in Bay Area sports history.

Welcome back, Klay.

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