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The dreaded anterior cruciate ligament tear has been known to sideline professional players for a year or even longer, but Klay Thompson could be running the court as early as December, his father says.
Mychal Thompson recently talked about his son’s rehab from a ruptured ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on the NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors Insider podcast.
“He’s walking normally and he’s very optimistic and enthusiastic about getting back late next season,” Thompson said.
Thompson said Klay probably won’t be on the court doing full-court drills until late December or January. That would fall on the early side of the typical recovery period for ACL surgery, which is six to nine months.
Klay underwent his surgery July 2.
“Modern medicine has advanced so much from 10, 15, 20 years ago, that guys come back from this injury and are normal.” Thompson said. “You can look at a bunch of players in the league now that have dedicated themselves to their rehab and come back, it’s like nothing ever happened. Modern medicine is so good at repairing these athletes.”
Thompson used Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine as a example.
“He had the same injury and is as bouncy as ever because guys like that work hard to come back. And (Klay) will come back stronger than ever.”
There’s a big difference between practicing drills and playing in an NBA game, and both the Warriors and Klay have said they won’t rush his return.
“I don’t want to rush it because I want to play until I’m 38, 39, 40 years old,” Klay told ESPN last month. “That’s my plan, especially with the way I can shoot the ball. I’d love to see the floor this season. Don’t know when that is. I doubt it’s before the All-Star break. But at some point, it will be a goal of mine.”
If Klay were to return to game action in late February, it would be during the hardest part of the Warriors 2019-20 schedule. After the All-Star break, more than half of the Warriors games will be against teams that made the playoffs last season.
And those don’t include the much improved Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans, both of which should be strong playoff contenders.
Mike Moffitt is an SFGATE Digital Reporter. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @Mike_at_SFGate.
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