Klay Thompson’s latest injury: Warriors star ruled out for 2020-21 NBA season with Achilles tear, report says

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Klay Thompson was ruled out for the 2020-21 NBA season with a torn Achilles, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The Warriors sniper was injured in an open run on Wednesday and was unable to put weight on his leg after the injury, according to L’Athletic’s Shams Charania. He underwent tests to determine the severity of the injury before finally being ruled out for the entire season on Thursday.

Thompson, who missed the entire 2019-20 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in June 2019 in the NBA Finals, was due to return and play his first NBA game in 18 months when the season kicks off in December . Now, obviously, the wait continues until the 2021-22 season.

Before the ripped ACL, Thompson was one of the most enduring players in the NBA. He has never missed more than nine games in a season before the 2019-2020 campaign. But an ACL tear is among the most serious injuries a basketball player can suffer, and while medical advancements have made it much more manageable in recent years, major knee injuries often lead to other issues as players overcompensates their adjustment.

The Warriors have the tools to survive a prolonged absence by Thompson. Stephen Curry is expected to return to full strength when the season begins. Draymond Green is healthy and in place. The Warriors got Andrew Wiggins on the trade deadline and, to date, have selected James Wiseman with the No.2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Their mid-level exception for taxpayers and the trade exception of 17 million dollars generated by Andre Iguodala’s trade can be used to add talent.

But the Warriors had hoped to revive the championship race behind the trio of Curry, Green and Thompson. If Klay isn’t healthy enough to make the playoffs, Golden State just isn’t a championship contender. They will have to hope that this injury won’t be bad enough to jeopardize its playoffs.

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