Kevin Durant on Klay Thompson return: It’s going to be electric

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Nick Friedell: KD on Klay: “I’m excited for him. I know it’s a huge, huge day out there in the Bay Area. It’s going to be electric in there today. Talking to Klay over the last couple years, you can just feel it through text messages how excited he is to get back on the floor.”
Source: Twitter @NickFriedell

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After Klay Thompson officially announced he would make his return to the Warriors on Sunday against the Cavs, NBA Twitter exploded with different reactions. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/nba-twit…4:00 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Kevin Durant, on Klay’s return today:
“I know it’s a huge, huge day out there in the Bay Area and it’s going to be electric in there today. Talking to Klay over the last couple years, you can just feel it through text messages how excited he is to get back on the floor.” – 3:52 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
KD on why he wants to play Monday in Portland — knowing a lot of other guys in the league might sit so that they don’t have a cross-country flight in the midst of a 4 games in 5 nights stretch.
“I want to play — and then they pay me money to play basketball.” – 3:50 PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Kevin Durant on Klay Thompson: “Talking to Klay the last couple years, you can feel it through text messages how excited he is to get back on the floor. I know every fan’s going to be tuned in. I’m looking forward to his return and hopefully healthy rest of the season and career” pic.twitter.com/G3wahMJcdd3:40 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“That’s gonna happen for the rest of my career. I mean, that’s how good I am as a player. I gotta be able to see my teammates and trust in ’em and tonight was another night.”
-KD was asked about teams doubling him on final possessions and forcing him to pass. – 3:37 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
KD on Klay: “I’m excited for him. I know it’s a huge, huge day out there in the Bay Area. It’s going to be electric in there today. Talking to Klay over the last couple years, you can just feel it through text messages how excited he is to get back on the floor.” – 3:32 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Yeah, I mean s–t, we definitely are a better team, way better team and it’s definitely gonna give us a lift. So I’m looking forward to it. We got a couple games on the road, opportunity for us to build our chemistry.”
-Kevin Durant on Kyrie Irving joining the road trip. – 3:28 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“I wanna play and then they pay me money to play basketball.”
Says Durant on playing in the cross country back to back at Portland. – 3:25 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant calls Klay Thompson’s return “a huge day in the Bay area.” – 3:25 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant on playing the second leg of a back-to-back tomorrow in Portland: “I wanna play, and then they pay me money to play basketball.” #Nets3:24 PM

Andrew Sharp @andrewsharp
Weekend pod:
– The field of unhappy new coaches
– Tatum and Jaylen in Boston
– A 12th-place Hawks autopsy
– My proposal to permanently fix All-Star and All-NBA ballots
– Pre-Klay Day nostalgia
Preview here:
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gre…3:23 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant said the Spurs may not have household names, but they do have one: Gregg Popovich. Said the Spurs are a championship organization. “We might have blown out another team,” he said. – 3:22 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Kevin Durant says they might have blown out another team but the Spurs are a championship organization. Says he respects the Spurs and the way they’re coached. – 3:22 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Cam “showcased his brilliance,” says Kevin Durant. Adds what he saw at the end of regulation helped him process the blitz for key play in OT. – 3:19 PM

Stephen Curry @StephenCurry30
Klay Day pic.twitter.com/6qVnN3Y6Cf3:18 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Klay Thompson’s basketball skills are very important to the Warriors. He brings something else just as important. nbcsports.com/bayarea/warrio…3:17 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“He’s got the longest arms in America,” said Lonnie Walker IV of Keita Bates-Diop.
KBD was crucial today in guarding Durant down the stretch – 2:58 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Nic Claxton says defense turned that game around and It was KD who sent the tone on that end. The rest Of the team followed suit to spark that win. – 2:57 PM

Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
We get to watch Klay Thompson play basketball for the first time in 31 months, 941 days, 22,584 hours, and 1,355,040 minutes pic.twitter.com/UihYvWAZD02:56 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Its cool because I told Kevin [Durant] before coming out of that time out I’m trying to get on the plane man [to Portland] so end the game so he gave it to me so I said ‘I’ll do it.'”
-Nets’ Cam Thomas via YES Network – 2:55 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nash said that KD and Harden will fly with the team to Portland and will play against the Blazers. “They want to play.”
Nash also said that Kyrie may get a few more minutes on Monday because of the circumstances with Sunday’s OT win. – 2:53 PM

Adam Lauridsen @GSWFastBreak
Lots of Klay takes today (and I’m here for all of them). Here’s my modest contribution: there are few things more inspiring – to you and others – than unabashedly loving what you do. – 2:52 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“He made a tough shot down the stretch, so you give him credit.” – Coach Pop on Cam Thomas’ game winner.
He said the Spurs didn’t want the ball in Durant’s hands on that final shot – 2:49 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Steve Nash confirmed that both Kevin Durant and James Harden will travel to Portland and the plan is for them to play in the back-to-back tomorrow night. – 2:44 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Steve Nash suggests both Durant and Harden will play tomorrow in Portland. – 2:42 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant and James Harden will travel and play with the Nets in tomorrow’s back-to-back against the Trail Blazers tomorrow. – 2:42 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash expects both James Harden and Kevin Durant to both play tomorrow in Portland. – 2:42 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Final: Nets beat the Spurs 121-119 in overtime to snap five-game home losing streak. Cam Thomas with 11 points and the dagger. Kevin Durant with 28 points, Harden with 26. See you all in Portland. Welcome back Klay Thompson. – 2:35 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Spurs defended KD well with the double-team, but he found Thomas and the rookie delivered. – 2:34 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Cam Thomas just hit a running floater with 1.4 left in OT that might have won the game. Even more impressive is the fact that KD — after getting doubled again — had enough confidence in Thomas to get him the ball and trust that he could create his own shot. – 2:34 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Lots of talk about Klay’s return for GS and playing a good CLE team, but the game of the day is Mavs-Bulls, riding respective 5 & 9 game win streaks. Mavs try to end 4 game losing streak to CHI, last 3 by 10+. @Rphillipstexas has pre at 6. Tip w/Brad & me at 6:40 @theeagledallas2:32 PM

Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
KD struggling – 2:31 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
Nets are in OT vs Spurs at Barclays. Kevin Durant & James Harden have both played 40-plus minutes. Due to COVID-related game postponement, Nets are playing make-up game at POR tomorrow night. Kyrie Irving will be available. Still, a tough balancing act for Steve Nash & BKN. – 2:28 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Kevin Durant is awesome, but isn’t the point of having James Harden so that KD doesn’t have to do everything, including bringing the ball up and creating all the offense? – 2:26 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nets were up 111-99 after a Harden layup with 4:59 left in regulation. Now we are headed to overtime tied at 113.
Something else to keep in mind — Harden is at 39 minutes, KD at 38 minutes heading to OT — it would be surprising if they made cross-country flight to Portland. – 2:22 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Free basketball at Barclays. We’re going to overtime. Durant and Harden are nearing the 40-minute mark with a back-to-back in Portland tomorrow. – 2:20 PM

Mike Finger @mikefinger
There is no such thing as a KD stopper.
But Keita Bates-Diop forced three Durant misses in the last three minutes. – 2:17 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Spurs ball with 0.8 seconds left. Durant had a good look from 3, but was off the rim. – 2:17 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant misses a top of the key 3, Cam Thomas grabs the OREB but steps out of bounds. Spurs ball with 0.8 seconds to go, enough for a catch and shoot. Timeout, Pop. – 2:16 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Steve Nash: The Nets continue to let the Spurs hang around and now we’ve got a 6-point game with 3:02 to go. KD and Harden have combined for 50 points and 17 assists, but Nets can’t string together enough stops. – 2:07 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Wonder if Klay thinks it’s safe to walk under these scaffolds in SF pic.twitter.com/JAdYX3EWXQ2:07 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Klay Thompson announces he’ll make his debut later today when the Warriors host the Cavs!
@Rick24Barry tells @TermineRadio & @Eddie Johnson why he only has one concern with Klay’s return #DubNation #KlayDay pic.twitter.com/ULWSdkRJvm2:00 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
How many points will Klay Thompson score against the Warriors on Sunday? Predict his stat line with these prop bets. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/klay-tho…1:48 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Nets had a 14-point lead in the third quarter that the Spurs have down to 91-89 entering the fourth. Kevin Durant has 24 points but also four fouls. – 1:48 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
The last time Klay Thompson played an NBA game… pic.twitter.com/d5aRWzno1M1:15 PM

Andrew Sharp @andrewsharp
One note before tonight: For the rest of my life I’ll be convinced that if Klay never gets hurt, the Warriors win in 2019. – 1:08 PM

Aran Smith @nbadraftnet
Happy Klay Day – 1:08 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The Nets have taken a 60-51 lead into the half and generated some momentum before Keita Bates-Diop made a bad shot from the corner. Kevin Durant’s got 18 and has only missed 2 shots. 9 of the 10 Nets who have played have scored. Spurs tapered off in latter stretch of Q2. – 1:08 PM

Kent Bazemore @24Bazemore
Klay Day!!!!! – 1:05 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
It’s official, Klay Thompson will make his long-awaited return to the Warriors from injury on Sunday against the Cavaliers at Chase Center. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2022/01/08/war…1:00 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Klay Thompson will be seeing his first NBA action since June 2019 tonight.
@Brian Geltzeiler and @Sam Mitchell have their alarms for 8:30PM Eastern time ready to go ⏰ #DubNation
Listen to every second on NBA Radio! https://t.co/Wir3FSqDBQ pic.twitter.com/rkJv7DEKTa1:00 PM

Al Horford @Al_Horford
Excited to watch Klay play again! 🍿 – 12:56 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Happy Klay Day pic.twitter.com/maufG7N1cj12:50 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Nets just showed video of Pop presenting KD before the game with a trophy recognizing him as the 2021 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. “No Kevin, no gold,” Pop said pre-game. – 12:42 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
1Q: Spurs & Nets tied at 32
Lonnie 12 pts | Durant 11 pts
Murray 7 pts | Thomas 5 pts
Forbes, Primo 5 pts each
The Spurs are winning the 3PT line 18-3
Nets are up 8-0 from mid-range – 12:38 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the first quarter: Nets and Spurs tied at 32. Spurs shooting the 3-ball well and Kevin Durant already has 11 points. Cam Thomas is attacking offensively and DeAndre’ Bembry has had some nice defensive moments. – 12:38 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
These quotes from Klay Thompson’s teammates after scrimmaging with him recently are what Klay’s all about.
(Via @Anthony Slater)
Wiggins, who hasn’t played with Klay in an NBA game: “Bro, he doesn’t dribble. You know what that’s going to open up for other guys?” – 12:34 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Steve Nash: Bryn Forbes hits a 3 to give the Spurs a 24-19 lead at 3:17 mark in Q1. Kevin Durant has 9 points but Lonnie Walker IV’s got 12, Dejounte Murray has 7 and Forbes has 5. Only guards have scored for San Antonio so far this quarter. – 12:27 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
“Everything Klay has been going through just made him a better person. He’s grown as a man, as a professional.”
I went behind the scenes on how Klay Thompson handled being away from the game for nearly 1,000 days. sfchronicle.com/sports/warrior…12:23 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
Klay Thompson will always end up making you laugh. Always. pic.twitter.com/85ed30FMF712:00 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starters vs. San Antonio: Harden, Mills, Durant, Duke Jr. and Claxton – 11:31 AM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Harden, Mills, Durant, Duke Jr. and Claxton will start todays #Nets matinee against the #Spurs11:31 AM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
David Duke Jr. is getting his 3rd straight start alongside James Harden, Patty Mills, Kevin Durant and Nic Claxton. Steve Nash is searching for something in this lineup. I’m not sure what. – 11:31 AM

Dave Mason @DeuceMason
Big day today!
▫️We’ll be on the call for @StocktonKings vs. OKC at 2pm
▫️Back to host pre/post on radio for Kings-Blazers at 6pm
▫️NIGHT CHAT at 9:30pm talking Kings, Klay Thompson’s return and a ton of NBA topics
youtube.com/watch?v=g0trUL…11:27 AM

Patrick Beverley @patbev21
The Game 🏀🏀 has missed @KlayThompson glad u back gang. – 11:24 AM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Klay Thompson is back. Here’s all you need to know ahead of his return on Sunday vs. the Cavs. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/warriors…11:24 AM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Pop, with an all-time understatement about coaching Kevin Durant on the Olympic team last summer:
“No Kevin, no gold.” – 11:14 AM

Dwyane Wade @DwyaneWade
Good Morning!!!! Today is Klay Day! Welcome back @KlayThompson11:10 AM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Klay Thompson plays basketball today! Here’s a bonus podcast to get you hyped up for Thompson’s return. He’s back!
#KlayDay #klaythompson #Klay941
#Warriors #klay
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-…11:04 AM

Jeff Stotts @InStreetClothes
When you cover injuries your work tends to have a built in level of doom-and-gloom. Today is different. Today I’m going to thoroughly enjoy the return of Klay Thompson. Happy Klay Day! – 11:00 AM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
Eastern All-Stars, determined by RPR MVP Predictor:
Starters
G: Trae Young
G: DeMar DeRozan
F: Giannis Antetokounmpo
F: Kevin Durant
F: Joel Embiid
Reserves:
G: James Harden
G: Zach LaVine
F: Jarrett Allen
F: Jimmy Butler
F: Jayson Tatum
WC: Fred VanVleet
WC: Domantas Sabonis pic.twitter.com/WqYgGoOQz010:58 AM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Kevin Durant: I’m not about to force Kyrie Irving to get a vaccine sportando.basketball/en/kevin-duran…10:57 AM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Gregg Popovich summed up what it was like coaching Kevin Durant at the Tokyo Olympics:
“No Kevin, no gold.” – 10:53 AM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“We were mesmerized,” said Coach Pop of Kevin Durant’s post practice shooting routines during the Olympics.
Pop said Durant was methodical in shooting drills he would go through for about 45 mins at 100% speed after practices were over. – 10:50 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Good morning.
Klay Thompson plays basketball today. – 10:48 AM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“No Kevin, no gold.” – Coach Pop on having Kevin Durant lead Team USA in the Olympics – 10:46 AM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
When it’s KLAY DAY 🙌
(via @Golden State Warriors)
pic.twitter.com/Q5qO1OncFB10:18 AM

Sergio Gonzalez @thatgonzalez
Who said the holidays are over? Happy Klay Day, everybody! pic.twitter.com/jfAP0jVCgr7:56 AM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After Klay Thompson officially announced he would make his return to the Warriors on Sunday against the Cavs, NBA Twitter exploded with different reactions. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/nba-twit…7:00 AM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
It’s official, Klay Thompson will make his long-awaited return to the Warriors from injury on Sunday against the Cavaliers at Chase Center. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2022/01/08/war…4:00 AM

Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Arribó el Klay Day, tras 941 días de espera. Me acompaña @CoachCMorales esta noche cuando @Golden State Warriors reciban a @Cleveland Cavaliers. Solo por NBA League Pass. Te espero. pic.twitter.com/fTPG5kg9DD2:29 AM

Todd Whitehead @CrumpledJumper
Re-watching Klay Thompson’s 37-point quarter.
13-for-13 from the field
9-for-9 from three
2-for-2 from the line pic.twitter.com/ihJgeFaF9W9:21 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Klay Day is here. Steve Kerr: “There’s a few games that you just always remember. I have no doubt when Klay walks onto the floor for the first time, I will never forget [it]. It will stand out as one of the highlights of my entire basketball existence” espn.com/nba/story/_/id…8:23 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
One of my favorite Klay pastimes was tracking his press conference grunts in the 2016 playoffs. pic.twitter.com/CPFP1S2qCP8:19 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
I asked a bunch of people close to Klay Thompson what they’re expecting from his return tomorrow: sfchronicle.com/sports/warrior…8:18 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After Klay Thompson officially announced he would make his return to the Warriors on Sunday against the Cavs, NBA Twitter exploded with different reactions. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/nba-twit…8:03 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Klay Thompson has been out for 940 days.
Sunday is Day 1 of the next chapter. pic.twitter.com/dwgauIZfS27:43 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
One minute into the game and LaMelo Ball already threw a cool pass. I’m pleased.
Durant and LaMelo vs. the Bucks on back-to-back nights is a treat from the scheduling gods. – 7:12 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
It’s official, Klay Thompson will make his long-awaited return to the Warriors from injury on Sunday against the Cavaliers at Chase Center. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2022/01/08/war…7:06 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steve Kerr on Klay Thompson’s return: “I have no doubt when Klay walks onto the floor for the first time, I will never forget that game. It will stand out as one of the highlights of my entire basketball existence.” on.nba.com/3fb5Mvz6:57 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
A couple months ago I asked Steph what he thought Klay’s return would feel like. He put into words what so many people throughout the organization are expecting on Sunday at Chase. The emotion is going to come pouring out for a lot of people. – 6:45 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Steve Kerr compares Klay Thompson’s return to Stephen Curry in New York and Michael Jordan’s return back to the NBA:
“With Klay, the moment will be about a guy’s perseverance, and his love for the game, and everyone else’s love for him. That’s why it’s going to be special.” pic.twitter.com/CtohKDtmhy6:17 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Klay Thompson makes it official, he will return to Warriors lineup Sunday nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/08/kla…6:14 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Juan Toscano-Anderson on Klay’s return: ‘The magnitude . . . is so big for us, for the (GS) Warriors organization, but just for the Bay, too. Klay is beloved in the Bay. Klay is one of us. Klay could move to Oakland forever. Klay could move to 95th (Avenue) if he wants to.’ – 6:06 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Kevin Durant won’t persuade Kyrie Irving to get the COVID-19 vaccine despite part-time availability.
➡️ https://t.co/njG11WJOlP pic.twitter.com/V5Adctyw2D6:02 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
The Warriors adding Klay Thompson back to the roster pic.twitter.com/nDlwkQYMt15:58 PM

Adam Lauridsen @GSWFastBreak
Trying to keep expectations low for Klay tomorrow. He can have at least 20 dribbles to score 60 points. – 5:53 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Steve Kerr: “When you can score 60 points in 29 minutes, generally your coach should start you. Klay is going to start.”
Kerr relates an MJ return from retirement story to Klay Thompson tomorrow night pic.twitter.com/Y2Pg3ddSAG5:46 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Happy for Klay Thompson. One of those guys that’s impossible to root against and having him back is good for basketball – 5:45 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Warriors forward Draymond Green told @TheUndefeated that Klay Thompson looked “really, really good” in scrimmage today and it felt special to finally be playing with him again. – 5:45 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Juan Toscano-Anderson says in a recent Warriors scrimmage, Klay Thompson scored 12 points in 43 seconds. Thought to himself: ‘Wow. You mean we got two guys that can do that?’ – 5:27 PM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
It’s finally happening.
Klay Thompson is BACK
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/12…5:27 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Official: Klay Thompson set to return tomorrow vs. Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/JoP210iqeV5:26 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Juan Toscano-Anderson said Klay Thompson scored “12 points in 43 seconds” during a recent scrimmage and it made him think to himself, “damn, we got two guys” that can do that. – 5:26 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Warriors star Klay Thompson will be available tomorrow night against the Cavs, per team. – 5:25 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Juan-Toscano Anderson said Klay Thompson ran off 12 points in 43 seconds during a recent scrimmage…. – 5:24 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Orange County 🐐 @Klay Thompson, calling Bill Murray “my spirit animal,” announced via IG that he will officially back with the Warriors tomorrow: pic.twitter.com/ebvhYIvk3D5:19 PM

Tim Cato @tim_cato
the world started going downhill the moment klay thompson got hurt and thank god he’s back to save it – 5:17 PM

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne
After two years, Klay Thompson is back. Or whatever this clip from Space Jam says 😂 instagram.com/klaythompson/t…5:13 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Apologies for not tweeting the Klay Thompson news at the same time as everyone else. I know there are people who follow only me and no other NBA writers and might have missed out on it when it came out. – 5:13 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Ladies and gentlemen, Klay Thompson . . . instagram.com/klaythompson/t…5:12 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Klay Thompson (@Klay Thompson) said this is how he’s pulling up to the Chase Center tomorrow night! pic.twitter.com/CLPRf2U8D85:12 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Klay Thompson announcing his return on his IG with a Space Jam clip. pic.twitter.com/1uohMfCsYU5:11 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Using a clip from Space Jam, Klay Thompson posts on instagram he’s officially back tomorrow. – 5:10 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
So Klay Thompson’s first road game back will likely come in Memphis on Tuesday. – 5:10 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Klay Thompson makes it official. He’s playing tomorrow for the first time in 941 days. pic.twitter.com/rGx5cXXnHD5:10 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Klay Thompson was 16th in 3-pointers made all-time when he got hurt.
2-1/2 years later in a league where EVERYBODY shoots 3’s, he’s only down to 21st.
This is going to be fun. – 5:09 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
The last time Klay Thompson played basketball Ja Morant wasn’t in the league.
941 days.
Glad to have him back. pic.twitter.com/K6QXIcyAQd5:09 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Klay Thompson’s announcement on his IG account that he’s playing tomorrow 😂 pic.twitter.com/Ecn2oOD2uY5:09 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
It’s officially official: Klay Thompson shares via Instagram that he will be active tomorrow against the Cavs. It’s been 941 days since he’s last played. – 5:08 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Warriors star Klay Thompson will return tomorrow against Cleveland, he confirms. – 5:07 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Here we go: After two years away, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is set to make a return vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, Thompson announces. – 5:07 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Steve Kerr on what Klay Thompson looks like so far: “Judging from scrimmages he looks great. He’s Klay Thompson… he just needs reps and we will let it unfold naturally.” – 5:07 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Steve Kerr reiterates that Klay Thompson will start when he does return. Thompson will also have to work his minutes up. “That will be the plan whenever that plan is put in action” – 4:56 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steve Kerr reaffirmed that Klay Thompson will start albeit with “less responsibility and fewer minutes.” – 4:56 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Different circumstances, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr likened the emotion of Klay Thompson’s return to when he played on the Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan returned from his first retirement – 4:55 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
More Klay at practice today. Steve Kerr says it will be “emotional” for him when Klay returns. “There’s a few games you just always remember. I have no doubt when Klay walks onto the floor for the first time, I will never forget that… it will be very emotional.” pic.twitter.com/ktlq9zNKsD4:54 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Steve Kerr making it unofficially official regarding Klay playing on Sunday: ‘It’s not my announcement and decision to make.’ Jokes he’s reading from a ‘script,’ and asks that we all ‘read the tea leaves.’ – 4:52 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Steve Kerr is doing his very best to not announce if Klay Thompson is playing tomorrow. – 4:52 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Steve Kerr is reluctant to say if Klay Thompson is playing tomorrow. He says it will be up to Thompson and Warriors medical. But Kerr clearly is doing his best not to reveal Klay’s return. Kerr hints: “It’s not my announcement to make. Just keep your phone ready.” – 4:52 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Warriors coach Steve Kerr explains vagueness on whether Klay Thompson playing tomorrow: “The best way for me to help you read the tea leaves is it’s not my announcement or decision to make. Just keep your phone ready.” – 4:51 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Steve Kerr on Klay: “Just keep your phone handy. You’ll know soon enough.” – 4:51 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Steve Kerr won’t officially say if Klay will play tomorrow or not. Says he hasn’t discussed it with him yet. Definitely being a little tongue-in-cheek about it all. – 4:50 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Warriors coach Steve Kerr not making it official yet if Klay Thompson playing tomorrow vs Cleveland. My piece earlier on Klay’s two-year journey with insight from Steph, Draymond, Kerr, Bob Myers and the team’s coaching staff on.nba.com/3G9u8SC4:48 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he forgot to ask Klay Thompson after practice if he’s playing tomorrow 😂 – 4:47 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Klay Thompson at practice today pic.twitter.com/s1awHIDo7s4:46 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Warriors coach Steve Kerr working through some plays with Klay Thompson and James Wiseman. pic.twitter.com/gbwTtC1xUl4:33 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
A little Klay, a little Wiseman. pic.twitter.com/LYknjBa9tf4:31 PM

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Stephen Curry: My brother returning to the court has me going down memory lane… let me hear your favorite @KlayThompson memories! #KlayDay -via Twitter @StephenCurry30 / January 9, 2022

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