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Ahead of the start of the 2019 NBA Draft, Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers recounted what exactly transpired after Klay Thompson exited Game 6 of the NBA Finals with a torn ACL.
While speaking to 95.7 The Game on Thursday, Myers said he and the Warriors star were walking to the locker room with members of the team’s medical staff when they were informed that Thompson needed to shoot his free throws if he wanted to return to the game.
“Somebody ran out and grabbed us in the tunnel and said, ‘If he doesn’t shoot these free throws, he can’t come back,’ and Klay didn’t even wait for an answer; he just walked back on the court,” Myers said. “I grabbed him … because we didn’t know what it was at the time, we had no idea what it was, he hadn’t been examined, I said, ‘We don’t know what this is, shoot the free throws and don’t move.'”
Of course, Thompson started jogging to the other side of the court after hitting the free throws, forcing the Warriors to commit a foul to get him off the court.
“Maybe that’s my own fault for trusting he would [leave the game]; that’s the competitor he is,” Myers said.
Myers also discussed the team’s expectations for the draft, where the team owns the 28th, 41st and 58th picks.
“It’s not easy to to find guys in the area we are; you just want to get a guy who can plug in a little bit,” Myers said.
You can listen to Myers’ full interview here.
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