SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Golden State Warriors star forward Klay Thompson suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon tear Wednesday during a workout in Southern California, the team confirmed Thursday.
The team said a MRI showed Thompson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon and was expected to miss the 2020-21 season. Thompson has been rehabilitating after being sidelined all last season by a torn ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of the 2018-2019 NBA Finals.
Klay Thompson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon, an MRI confirmed today in Los Angeles. Thompson suffered the injury in a workout yesterday in Southern California. He is expected to miss the 2020-21 season. pic.twitter.com/w733cWawK6
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) November 19, 2020
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported Thompson’s injury Thursday morning.
The news comes less than three weeks away from the Warriors 2020-2021 training camp. This season was supposed to be a return to form for the team after finishing last year with a 15-50 record — a NBA worst. The Warriors played without Thompson all year and Stephen Curry for most of it after Curry broke his left hand.
While Thompson was held out of scrimmages during the recent Warriors mini-camp, he did work out and looked to be on the mend, and was even seen dunking the basketball.
Prayers and empathy go out to @KlayThompson Having had injuries that kept me away from the game I know how devastating it can be emotionally. If anyone can get through this and come back, I’m sure it’s Klay with his great work ethic. @warriors @ESPNNBA @NBATV @NBAonTNT @NBAcom
— Rick Barry (@Rick24Barry) November 19, 2020
Klay Thompson is the most likeable player in the NBA. This is a huge loss for everyone
— Chris Montano (@gswchris) November 19, 2020
This story will be updated.