A month later, Thompson, dressed in a No. 77 Jackie Moon jersey — the number is a nod to his perceived snub from the NBA’s 75th anniversary team, and the headband and jersey to the character Will Ferrell portrayed in the 2008 comedy “Semi-Pro” — has just finished the type of personal workout that has become part of his routine throughout the arduous rehab cycle. As much as he has tried to push away the frustration from not being voted to the 75th anniversary team, the snub bothers him because of what he has accomplished as one of the game’s best shooters, and because of the titles he helped his team win.
Source: Nick Friedell @ ESPN
What’s the buzz on Twitter?
Arribó el Klay Day, tras 941 días de espera. Me acompaña @CoachCMorales esta noche cuando @Golden State Warriors reciban a @Cleveland Cavaliers. Solo por NBA League Pass. Te espero. pic.twitter.com/fTPG5kg9DD – 2:29 AM
Re-watching Klay Thompson’s 37-point quarter.
13-for-13 from the field
9-for-9 from three
Klay Day is here. Steve Kerr: “There’s a few games that you just always remember. I have no doubt when Klay walks onto the floor for the first time, I will never forget [it]. It will stand out as one of the highlights of my entire basketball existence” espn.com/nba/story/_/id… – 8:23 PM
Klay Day!!! Loading… I’m excited as hell! – 8:10 PM
After Klay Thompson officially announced he would make his return to the Warriors on Sunday against the Cavs, NBA Twitter exploded with different reactions. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/nba-twit… – 8:03 PM
Klay Thompson has been out for 940 days.
Steve Kerr on Klay Thompson’s return: “I have no doubt when Klay walks onto the floor for the first time, I will never forget that game. It will stand out as one of the highlights of my entire basketball existence.” on.nba.com/3fb5Mvz – 6:57 PM
A couple months ago I asked Steph what he thought Klay’s return would feel like. He put into words what so many people throughout the organization are expecting on Sunday at Chase. The emotion is going to come pouring out for a lot of people. – 6:45 PM
Steve Kerr compares Klay Thompson’s return to Stephen Curry in New York and Michael Jordan’s return back to the NBA:
Juan Toscano-Anderson on Klay’s return: ‘The magnitude . . . is so big for us, for the (GS) Warriors organization, but just for the Bay, too. Klay is beloved in the Bay. Klay is one of us. Klay could move to Oakland forever. Klay could move to 95th (Avenue) if he wants to.’ – 6:06 PM
Trying to keep expectations low for Klay tomorrow. He can have at least 20 dribbles to score 60 points. – 5:53 PM
Steve Kerr: “When you can score 60 points in 29 minutes, generally your coach should start you. Klay is going to start.”
Happy for Klay Thompson. One of those guys that’s impossible to root against and having him back is good for basketball – 5:45 PM
Juan Toscano-Anderson says in a recent Warriors scrimmage, Klay Thompson scored 12 points in 43 seconds. Thought to himself: ‘Wow. You mean we got two guys that can do that?’ – 5:27 PM
It’s finally happening.
Klay Thompson is BACK
Juan Toscano-Anderson said Klay Thompson scored “12 points in 43 seconds” during a recent scrimmage and it made him think to himself, “damn, we got two guys” that can do that. – 5:26 PM
Warriors star Klay Thompson will be available tomorrow night against the Cavs, per team. – 5:25 PM
Juan-Toscano Anderson said Klay Thompson ran off 12 points in 43 seconds during a recent scrimmage…. – 5:24 PM
the world started going downhill the moment klay thompson got hurt and thank god he’s back to save it – 5:17 PM
Apologies for not tweeting the Klay Thompson news at the same time as everyone else. I know there are people who follow only me and no other NBA writers and might have missed out on it when it came out. – 5:13 PM
Using a clip from Space Jam, Klay Thompson posts on instagram he’s officially back tomorrow. – 5:10 PM
So Klay Thompson’s first road game back will likely come in Memphis on Tuesday. – 5:10 PM
Klay Thompson was 16th in 3-pointers made all-time when he got hurt.
2-1/2 years later in a league where EVERYBODY shoots 3’s, he’s only down to 21st.
This is going to be fun. – 5:09 PM
The last time Klay Thompson played basketball Ja Morant wasn’t in the league.
It’s officially official: Klay Thompson shares via Instagram that he will be active tomorrow against the Cavs. It’s been 941 days since he’s last played. – 5:08 PM
Warriors star Klay Thompson will return tomorrow against Cleveland, he confirms. – 5:07 PM
Here we go: After two years away, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is set to make a return vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, Thompson announces. – 5:07 PM
Steve Kerr on what Klay Thompson looks like so far: “Judging from scrimmages he looks great. He’s Klay Thompson… he just needs reps and we will let it unfold naturally.” – 5:07 PM
Steve Kerr reiterates that Klay Thompson will start when he does return. Thompson will also have to work his minutes up. “That will be the plan whenever that plan is put in action” – 4:56 PM
Steve Kerr reaffirmed that Klay Thompson will start albeit with “less responsibility and fewer minutes.” – 4:56 PM
Different circumstances, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr likened the emotion of Klay Thompson’s return to when he played on the Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan returned from his first retirement – 4:55 PM
More Klay at practice today. Steve Kerr says it will be “emotional” for him when Klay returns. “There’s a few games you just always remember. I have no doubt when Klay walks onto the floor for the first time, I will never forget that… it will be very emotional.” pic.twitter.com/ktlq9zNKsD – 4:54 PM
Steve Kerr making it unofficially official regarding Klay playing on Sunday: ‘It’s not my announcement and decision to make.’ Jokes he’s reading from a ‘script,’ and asks that we all ‘read the tea leaves.’ – 4:52 PM
Steve Kerr is doing his very best to not announce if Klay Thompson is playing tomorrow. – 4:52 PM
Steve Kerr is reluctant to say if Klay Thompson is playing tomorrow. He says it will be up to Thompson and Warriors medical. But Kerr clearly is doing his best not to reveal Klay’s return. Kerr hints: “It’s not my announcement to make. Just keep your phone ready.” – 4:52 PM
Warriors coach Steve Kerr explains vagueness on whether Klay Thompson playing tomorrow: “The best way for me to help you read the tea leaves is it’s not my announcement or decision to make. Just keep your phone ready.” – 4:51 PM
Steve Kerr on Klay: “Just keep your phone handy. You’ll know soon enough.” – 4:51 PM
Steve Kerr won’t officially say if Klay will play tomorrow or not. Says he hasn’t discussed it with him yet. Definitely being a little tongue-in-cheek about it all. – 4:50 PM
Warriors coach Steve Kerr not making it official yet if Klay Thompson playing tomorrow vs Cleveland. My piece earlier on Klay’s two-year journey with insight from Steph, Draymond, Kerr, Bob Myers and the team’s coaching staff on.nba.com/3G9u8SC – 4:48 PM
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he forgot to ask Klay Thompson after practice if he’s playing tomorrow 😂 – 4:47 PM
4,324 people have played in an NBA game
3,899 scored 37 or more career points
656 scored 37+ in a single game
20 did it in a half
Along with Steph Curry at the top of the Western Conference count in the fan voting, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson appeared in the first round of All-Star votes. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2022/01/07/nba… – 4:00 PM
TNT dumps the non-Zion Pelicans at the Knicks on Jan. 20, picks up the hopefully Klay-included Warriors hosting Indiana for that night’s coverage. – 1:19 PM
Along with Steph Curry at the top of the Western Conference count in the fan voting, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson appeared in the first round of All-Star votes. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2022/01/07/nba… – 7:00 AM
Klay Thompson expected to make his return against the Cavs
More on this storyline
After more than two years away from the game, and with a chip on his shoulder from being left off the NBA75 list, Thompson says he is “hungrier” than ever to get back to his winning ways and join a team that is primed to return to the postseason after a two-season absence. “I know myself. I know how good I am. I know the things I’ve done. … It’s like — how many times do I have to do something that no one else has ever done before and get respect? Do I have to go score 50 in a quarter now? Like, what the hell? It’s whatever though, man. It’s over with. I’m going to use it as fuel.” -via ESPN / January 9, 2022
Even with those setbacks, Leonard won the 2020 NBA All-Star MVP award. And after a second straight All-NBA Second Team selection in Leonard’s first season with the Clippers, Leonard would get back to the All-NBA First Team in 2020-21, averaging a career-best 5.2 assists per game and only 2.0 turnovers per game. “I think, from being a 15th pick to being top 75, that means a lot,” said Lue when Leonard was named to the 75th Anniversary Team. “It’s a tribute to his hard work and dedication and things that he’s been able to achieve in his career. So just very happy for him.” -via The Athletic / January 4, 2022
So congratulations on making the NBA Top 75 and being No. 47 on The Athletic’s list. Well deserved. For your efforts, I’ll buy you breakfast. Well, The Athletic will buy you breakfast, anyway. Reggie Miller: Really, 47? Wow. I’m still shocked by all of this. It’s all kind of surreal. If you’d have asked me any of this in 1987 when I was drafted, I mean, I never had any goals like this. You have goals of winning, obviously, carving out a niche in this business, but to say top 75 of all time? When they surprised me on the air (for the NBA honor), I had no idea. I thought they were there to talk about Steph (Curry) because I’d just done a sit-down with him. I knew they were announcing the last 25 and I’d already seen the first 50, and the day before, I knew that names that hadn’t been mentioned that deserved to be there — D-Wade, Shaq, guys like that. I got up to about 18, 19 guys that hadn’t been named among the top 50, I thought, OK, I’m not going to be one of the remaining six, so it’s all been very surprising. -via The Athletic / December 9, 2021
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