Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have often been regarded as the best shooting backcourt in NBA history. With countless records to their name, and three NBA Championships to show for their efforts, the duo is no doubt among the most decorated and accomplished this league has ever seen.
And despite all the success they have had together, it seems we’ll have to go another year without watching them work their magic on the basketball court.
As reported earlier this month, Klay will miss his second-straight season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon. It’s a big blow to Dub Nation, but perhaps nobody on the team feels it as much as Curry. As the superstar point guard watches his teammate prepare for another year of rehab, he is making sure to show his support, and also to let the world know that his team isn’t going anywhere.
“You feel for a guy who has worked so hard to get back on the court two-three weeks out of [training camp] and something like that happens,” Curry told The Undefeated on Monday. “You need to have a big-picture mentality when something like this happens. It’s easier said than done going through a lot of rehab, but there is a lot of time left in his career. We’re going to be there through it all.”
“He can come back strong. He’s a guy that loves the game so much. He is going to do whatever it takes to get back out there on the floor and be himself. That’s what we hope and the confidence that we have. Two-and-a-half years of rehab is tough for anybody. We’re hoping for the best.”
“We know we can compete with anyone in the league. It’s kind of crazy. We know how great Klay is. Don’t get me wrong. But we hear the chatter. ‘It’s the end of for us. This year is a wash. What are we going to do in the future?’ But we are in the moment right now. It’s kind of refreshing being in that category as guys that are chasing. We know [the Los Angeles Lakers] are the defending champs. We got to beat them. We’re ready for it.”
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) November 24, 2020
It’s obviously a sad and unfortunate time for the Warriors. The struggle of watching a friend get injured is hard enough, but to face another setback in their quest for a Championship only adds to the pain.
Steph Curry describing how he felt after hearing the injury news about Klay.
Prayers up for Klay’s recovery. 🙏🙏pic.twitter.com/ulhs4E8y3e
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) November 24, 2020
Bob Myers has already made several moves in response to the loss of Thompson, but we really don’t know how the team will look until the season plays out. At the very least, we can expect Curry, Draymond, and Wiggins to keep them competitive in the superior Western Conference.