An MRI on Thursday confirmed the fears within the Warriors organization: All-Star guard Klay Thompson tore the Achilles tendon in his right leg.
The injury occurred during a pickup game in Southern Californa on Wednesday, per ESPN’s Marc Spears. Thompson needed to be helped off the court.
Thompson will be forced to miss a second consecutive season after he sat out the 2019-20 campaign with a torn ACL in his left knee. He hasn’t played in an NBA game since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
He’s expected to make a full recovery.
The Warriors had hopes of bouncing back in 2020-21 with their championship trio of Stephen Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green returning to the court.
Without Thompson, who will make $35.4 million next season, Golden State may have to temper expectations for next season.
After Wednesday’s NBA Draft, Warriors GM Bob Myers spoke to the media about how Thompson’s injury could alter the team’s roster plans. “We needed wing depth anyway,” he said.
After the news broke of Thompson’s season-ending injury, NBA and WNBA players alike took to social media to wish Thompson a speedy recovery.
Come on basketball gods 🙆🏼♂️this is not fair!!! @KlayThompson 🙏🏼 wishing you speedy recovery.
— Goran Dragić (@Goran_Dragic) November 19, 2020
Damn @KlayThompson prayers up for a healthy recovery 🙏🏽🙏🏽
— Robert Covington (@Holla_At_Rob33) November 19, 2020
🤮 small thing to a giant https://t.co/TnYFsv6q9C
— Breanna Stewart (@breannastewart) November 19, 2020
Prayers up for my man @KlayThompson hate to see stuff like this! 🙏🏾 https://t.co/LmLXd4ut6T
— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) November 19, 2020
— 13am Adebayo💥 (@Bam1of1) November 19, 2020
Man that’s tough… 🙁 get well Klay 🤞🏻 praying for you 🙏🏻🙏🏻 https://t.co/cx5B5fiO7c
— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) November 19, 2020
Bro was looking unbelievable too smh! Speedy Recovery Bro… the game needs you 🙏🏾 @KlayThompson https://t.co/VXDrHzhUIk
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) November 19, 2020
Praying for @KlayThompson 🙏🏾🏁
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) November 19, 2020
This is awful news! Praying for a healthy recovery 🙏 https://t.co/XXR7JcKDZ6
— Nikola Vucevic (@NikolaVucevic) November 19, 2020
Wow. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 for @KlayThompson! His comeback story is going to be epic. https://t.co/ajKZkoH02g
— Danielle Robinson (@justDROB) November 19, 2020
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) November 19, 2020
Praying for @KlayThompson hoping he has a speedy recovery! Smh
— Rudy Gay (@RudyGay) November 19, 2020
🙏🏾🙏🏾 that sucks man. Praying for him https://t.co/o4wfqdRO0m
— Anfernee Simons (@AnferneeSimons) November 19, 2020
— Lexie Brown (@lexiekiah_4) November 19, 2020
@KlayThompson praying for you bro! God speed https://t.co/CijEaOkjJV
— Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) November 19, 2020
Damn Klay ☹️
— Bria Hartley (@Breezyyy14) November 19, 2020
Never like to see a brotha go Down!!! Prayers up https://t.co/Ls2EcVDJZh
— Langston Galloway (@LangGalloway10) November 19, 2020