Klay Thompson may have won four NBA championships with the Warriors, but the last one certainly had a special meaning. After spending two seasons on the sidelines, his comeback came in a title-winning year.
Thompson got injured in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, and after suffering setbacks in his recovery process, he ended up returning to the court 941 days later. Now, he continues to be on a minutes restriction.
Though his playing time has been increasing, it’s not close to the 34 minutes per game he averaged in his last full season. Even so, the Splash Brother is taking things calmly, knowing there’s a long schedule ahead.
Klay Thompson optimistic about future in Golden State
“It’s so nice, oh my gosh,” Thompson said, via NBC Sports. “I can’t even … yeah, man. Especially when you feel like you’re the reason your team goes through a slump. So it’s nice to get that out the way early. That really helps me put things into perspective.
“I’m such a perfectionist, I want to be great right now. But I got to realize, man, it’s a long season. I’d rather peak come playoff time rather than early November or into January.”