Warriors’ Klay Thompson suffers leg injury, severity unclear

SAN FRANCISCO – Gold State Guard Klay Thompson injured his right lower leg on Wednesday during a pickup game in downtown LA and will undergo testing on Thursday, the team announced.

Thompson played with several NBA players and felt pain in the calf area when he landed on his leg, ESPN and the Bay Area News Group reported. The Warriors fear it may be an Achilles tendon injury, but hope it isn’t that serious and are determined to wait for the results of an MRI.

“You can be hopeful, you can worry, probably all of those things combined, and until we know more tomorrow, I’ll be my … I’m just hoping for good news,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said after the NBA. Draft Wednesday night. .

The team announced the injury without providing further details on the severity or any timeline for its availability with training camp starting December 1 and the season starting December 22. Myers expected to know more on Thursday. He said the athletic trainers and possibly coach Steve Kerr would go to Southern California to join Thompson, who played Santa Margarita High.

“I assume this company is teaching you to wait to be sure about any of these things,” Myers said. “Obviously, dealing with some of the injuries we’ve had over the years doesn’t harden you, it doesn’t make it any easier, but I was hoping we’d all been there and maybe we did. Maybe good news will come. But certainly not a normal trip, not a normal day. ”

Myers said that due to Thompson’s injury, Golden State is considering changing its draft decisions Wednesday night, but the Warriors stuck to their plan to select James Wiseman of 7-foot-1 in Memphis with the No. 2 overall roster. Wiseman, who played just three games for Memphis last season before leaving school amid a battle for fitness with the NCAA, acknowledged that news of Thompson’s injury was hard to hear.

“As soon as I saw (the news) it was a bit down for me, just like emotional,” he said during his draft media release. “But the team, we have his back anyway and he will recover well. … All prayers are for Klay, my teammate, and he’s going to be fine. ”

This injury could be a heavy blow to the Warriors, who finished with the worst record in the NBA last season, but hoped to return this season in a fraught Western Conference. Thompson, 30, didn’t play at all during the coronavirus-shortened season when he was working back from surgery due to a torn ACL in his left knee. He sustained that injury in the decisive game 6 of the 2019 NBA Final against the Toronto Raptors.

Kerr said recently that while the team did not release Thompson to scrimmage during their San Francisco team bubble, he was pleased with the way Thompson’s rehab was progressing.

“It was great having him on the floor, in the locker room,” Kerr said during a Zoom interview with reporters in late September. His mere presence gave us a shock of energy and excitement. Practice went well. This is the first practice after an ACL injury and a year and a half absence, so I didn’t expect him to be in top form, in top form, and he wasn’t, but he moved well, and it’s a good first step. ”

LeBron James posted on Twitter: “Praying a lot @KlayThompson is cool !! Like it’s super small. ”

“I think he wants to know just as much as anyone about what’s going on, in an effort to stay positive,” Myers said. “Klay doesn’t like to miss five minutes of anything, he was probably disappointed to leave the pick-up game.”