Klay Thompson returns to Warriors bench, tells Steve Kerr ‘worst is behind’ him in Achilles rehab

Injured Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson sits on the sideline during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

As much as the Warriors and their fans loved seeing Klay Thompson at Chase Center Tuesday night, they’ll enjoy what he told coach Steve Kerr even more.

Thompson, making his first trip to see the team play this season, gave Kerr an optimistic update on his recovery from an off-season, season-ending Achilles tendon injury.

“I talked to Klay before the game,” Kerr told reporters following a 104-95 loss to Indiana. “It was great to see him. He’s in really good spirits. He’s happy to be up here with his teammates.

“In his words, the worst is behind him.”

Great sign seeing #klaythompson walking at this point in his rehab. The walking boot helps to control plantar-flexion of his ankle; which prevents stress on the repair. Looks like he is on track so far in his recovery. Nice looking splint on Marquese Chriss as well! @warriors https://t.co/B1F8R1o1Ki

— Dr. Nirav Pandya, MD (@DrNiravPandya) January 13, 2021

Kerr also revealed Thompson, who is in a walking boot these days, is about to take another important step in his recovery process.

“He’s going to be able to get into the pool next week and start running in the pool. He was very upbeat about everything. It was great…

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