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Danny Green Reflects On The Play That Made Klay Thompson Tear His ACL: “If I Can Take That Play Back, I Would."

Danny Green Reflects On The Play That Made Klay Thompson Tear His ACL: “If I Can Take That Play Back, I Would."

Klay Thompson made his long-awaited return to the court on Sunday night, playing 19 minutes for the Golden State Warriors, scoring 17 points after taking 18 shots. It was a very emotional game for Klay, who returned after 941 days and 177 games. 

The last time he played, the league looked very different. Still, he played like his old self, helping the Dubs get a 96-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chase Center. Players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant reacted to his return, sending cool messages. 

Others, like Danny Green, reflected on how hard things were for Klay during these times. This is important knowing that after a clash with Green, Thompson tore his ACL in the 2019 NBA Finals. 

Talking with Yahoo! Sports, the 3x NBA champion recalled that moment, admitting that if he could erase that play and everything that came after that, he'd definitely do it. 

"If I can take that play back, I would,” Green said on Sunday night. “No one wants to see a great player go down, and no one wants to be the cause of that. It wasn't intentional. I’m glad that he’s back. The game has missed him.”

He also explained how the play went down and his initial thoughts after meeting Klay in the air. 

“When it first happened, I thought I blocked the ball,” Green told Yahoo Sports. “I thought it was a clean block and then he went down, I was like, ‘Man, he’s hurt. Let me make sure he’s OK.’ Some of the guys on the sidelines were upset. A lot of fans were upset. Obviously, I got a lot of backlash for it. But I'm trying to make a clean play on the ball, and I just wanted to make sure he was good. And then he came back on the court to shoot his free throws, and that's when I thought he was fine.

“I didn't know that he tore anything until after the game, which was a tough blow. It was tough to hear what was being said, but I didn't look at myself as the victim. My concern was for him. Their fans are great fans. They’re going to encourage their team. And anybody that tries to hurt or do anything to the other 10 or 13 players, they're gonna fight for them. So, I got some heated emotions from some of the fans, but every time I've spoken about the incident, I've stated that it was not purposeful at all.”

In the end, the sharpshooter gave props to Klay, praising him for staying strong during his process. After he recovered from that ACL injury, he injured his Achilles, missing another season for the Warriors. 

“For him to get back, it took a lot of persistence, man,” Green told Yahoo Sports. “It took resilience. He's a great player, so I never doubted that. He’s a true warrior, no pun intended. A lot of people, including myself and the fans, are excited that he’s back. We’ve all been looking forward to seeing Klay be the Klay that we have known him to be.”

Now he's finally back and the Warriors can't be happier about it. Thompson showed interesting things in his first game back, and the rest of the league took notice of that. The Warriors were incredibly dangerous before Klay's comeback. Nobody expects them to slow down now that their Splash Brother is back. 

The Warriors boast a remarkable 30-9 record, ranking 1st in the Western Conference. With Klay on the floor, they're definitely championship favorites this season.