“…An ACL for a basketball player is a full year recovery, and if it’s a full year for Klay, that puts them out for the season,” Kerr said.
Steve Kerr seems to be preparing for a season without Klay Thompson.
The Warriors star tore his ACL during Game 6 of the NBA Finals in June, so it was expected that he would miss a significant amount of time.
Even through reports surfaced that he could be back after the All-Star Break in 2020, Kerr is taking a more pragmatic approach to Thompson’s recovery.
“It’s unlikely that he’s going to play this year. So we have to understand that,” the Warriors coach said on NBC Sports Bay Area. “You have to look at it realistically. I had an ACL [tear] in college, and I missed a whole season. Generally, an ACL for a basketball player is a full year recovery, and if it’s a full year for Klay, that puts them out for the season.
“We’ve kind of left the door open in case the rehab goes perfectly and the doctors say he can go. But the reality is, on April 1, that’s the nine-month mark. … April versus nine months post-op for an ACL.”
Don’t expect to see Klay Thompson playing this season, @warriors fans. @SteveKerr tells @NBCSAuthentic it’s ‘unlikely’ that Klay plays this season after undergoing surgery in July for a torn ACL: https://t.co/wjagWs9B5q pic.twitter.com/vgI607l1cl
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) October 22, 2019
It’s rare that a player is able to return in nine months from a torn ACL. Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker and Zach LaVine all missed closer to a year with similar injuries.
Keeping Thompson out for the year likely will be better in the long run, since his possible return at the end of the season would likely see him weaker and rusty due to the recovery process.
The Warriors will open their season Thursday against the Clippers.