NBA fans can discuss and debate at length on which franchise team is this current decade’s answer to the 1990s domination of the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. There are many who might agree that the Golden State Warriors could fit the bill. This decade they made it to the NBA Finals five times, and won the championship thrice, thanks to its roster of some of the present-day league’s best. Following their defeat in the latest Finals against first-time champions the Toronto Raptors, a number of Warrior aces either left for other teams or were sidelined by injury. But for Klay Thompson, that does not mean his team is washed up.
USA Today has it that Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors is dismissive of the social media assertion that the former NBA champion team, suffering from a Finals defeat to the Raptors and missing a number of key players, has begun a downward slide to mediocrity. He made this pronouncement while a guest on ESPN Thursday, August 1, in response to opinion that the Warriors dynasty which elevated the franchise to its 5-Final 3-Championship performance in this decade is no longer there. The naysayers, he says, are too negative.
“I think that’s a little premature to say that there’s no more dynasty,” Thompson says on ESPN adding, “To say the dynasty is over I think is a little ignorant because I’m going to come back better and even more athletic. It would not be smart to count the Dubs out. That’s all I tell people.” By this he means his own ACL injury, which he apparently sustained during Game 6 of the ill-fated Finals against Toronto back in June. It was, according to Thompson, the first time he ever received the injury in his playing career on the NBA.
And while Klay Thompson himself is one of the Golden State injuries sure to sit the early part of the upcoming season out, he notes that the team still has some powerhouses to give it the muscle against any other franchise out there. He notes Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell, a multiple-MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and ace newbie respectively. The Warriors, Thompson points out, were able to win its championships even before Kevin Durant entered the picture, before moving to the Brooklyn Nets (and nursing his own injury in the meantime).
Thompson has yet to learn the best possible time to return to the court following his injury and rehab. The earliest estimate has been for the second half of the 2019-20 NBA season. But he is not planning to hurry so that his ACL can mend properly. “I want to play until I’m 38, 39, 40 years old,” he notes.
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