Warriors news: Klay Thompson, currently recovering from the ACL injury he suffered in last season’s NBA Finals, believes that the Golden State Warriors are still going to be good this season.
The Warriors lost a lot of key players last summer as they have decided to trade Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala. Moreover, Thompson isn’t expected to return at least until late March or early April next year. Still, Klay believes that Golden State has done enough in terms of retooling their roster, and that’s one of the reasons why he’s excited for their 2019-20 campaign.
“It’s going to be fun, and I love the dudes we got. We’ve got a young team. I’m excited for D’Angelo (Russell), for him to come to a winner. I’m excited for Willie Cauley-Stein, who is super talented and I know he’s hungry. I’m excited for Loon (Kevon Looney). He’s coming into his own. I’m seeing him in Japan running camps and stuff and that man might’ve spoken 30 words in the last four years. To see him leading drills and teaching and coming into his own, I can see the confidence he has.”
“I’m just excited, man. Obviously, we know Steph and Dray and me. Jordan (Poole) is talented. I watched him in Summer League. He’s got skills. It will be fun.”
And while Thompson admitted that he’ll miss playing with Durant, Iguodala, and even Shaun Livingston, he’s already accepted that those players are no longer with the team and that he has to focus on helping the current squad.
Klay is still in the early stages of his ACL rehab, and that he doesn’t want to rush his return. He understands how pivotal his role will be for the Warriors in the playoffs, so he wants to make sure that he’s 100 percent ready when he returns.
Most NBA mock drafts predict that the Warriors would head into the playoffs as the fifth or sixth seed, but that they wouldn’t be able to get past the second round. Thompson is well-aware that the media and the fans are already counting them out, and he’s totally cool with that, because he’s confident with what his teammates can do on both ends of the floor.
“That’s fine. That’s sports. I don’t just think we’re going to be nice this year. I think we’ve got a five-year window. We’re still so young, man. People get lost thinking, “Oh, they’re 30 now.” I feel younger than ever.”
For the first time in quite a long time, the Dubs aren’t the favorites to win the title, but for Thompson and his teammates, they can just look back at what they were able to accomplish during the 2014-15 season, when they shocked the basketball world and made an impressive championship run.
And Golden State will definitely use that as motivation to prove their doubters wrong.
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