KLAY THOMPSON GIGIL MAGKAMPEON

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.

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