NALALAPIT na ang pagbabalik ng orig ‘Splash Brothers’ ng Golden State Warriors.
Matapos ang mahigit dalawang taon na pagkawala sa Golden State, balik full team practice na ang Splash Brother ni Stephen Curry na si Klay Thompson.
Hunyo 2019 nang magkaro’n ng torn ACL si Thompson sa Game 6 ng 2019 NBA Finals. Nasundan pa ito ng ruptured Achilles noong Nobyembre 2020.
“It’s so exciting. Just to be running up and down the court and playing basketball, it’s truly a blessing and it makes coming to work so easy.
The boring stuff’s behind me and now it’s just getting back in game shape – I got to stay patient because I can be an overeager person to get out there and play, but I’m just incredibly grateful to be out there,” ani Thompson, matapos ang una niyang 5-on-5 scrimmages.
Noong Martes ay ipinahayag ni GS coach Steve Kerr na magbabalik na sa active roster ang 31-anyos na si Thompson.
“We don’t have a target date,” pag-amin ni Kerr. “What we have is a number of weeks ahead of us for certain where we’re going to play it out, keep letting him scrimmage as often as possible so that he’ll build that endurance. And I would think within a few weeks we’ll be able to finally sort of get a target date, but we don’t have one right now.”
Ngunit marami ang nagsasabi na maglalaro na bago mag-Pasko ang No. 11 pick ng Warriors noong 2011 NBA Draft.
Sa 615 games (578 starts) sa Golden State, nag-average ng 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds at 2.3 assists per game ang 5-time All-Star at bahagi ng 3 NBA championships team na si Thompson.
Sa kasalukuyan, Warriors ang may NBA’s best record sa 15-2 panalo-talo.
“We’re 15-2. That’s a great indicator of [championship readiness], and our defense, I think it’s top three in the league as well as our offense – and I’m not even out there yet,” wika nang excited nang bumalik sa Warriors line-up na si Thompson.
“Think about that. Really think about that. I’m more motivated than ever as well. I want a championship so bad. More than anything,” sabi pa niya.5