Klay Thompson: I don’t know when I’ll return, it’s really hard to say

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Connor Letourneau: Klay Thompson on when he expects to come back: “I don’t know. It’s really hard to say. It’s definitely a feel thing. … Hopefully sooner rather than later because I am really excited to get back to balling.”
Source: Twitter @Con_Chron

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Klay Thompson on Jordan Poole: “He’s looking like he shoulda been a lotto pick” pic.twitter.com/hYKAvlFjoc5:06 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Klay Thompson: “I want a championship so bad. More than anything.” pic.twitter.com/DdJJQTH3DE5:06 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Has Klay Thompson had those vintage Klay detonation sequences from 3 in scrimmages?
“Yeah”
😬
“Yeah”
“I mean, yeah”
“You could say that”
“Hopefully that happens in the first couple games. That’d be nice.” pic.twitter.com/AT8eO7J0Fp5:05 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Klay’s mentorship of James Wiseman is so wholesome. Klay said they spent all summer together, and he gave Wiseman a book called “Young, Black, Rich, and Famous” by Todd Boyd. “Exercising your mind is just as important as your body,” Klay said. – 5:01 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Important quote from Klay Thompson today: “I don’t fear getting hurt again.”
He also details recent scrimmages with Zaza, Barbosa, Kuminga, Moody, JTA pic.twitter.com/hxlAyr592G4:58 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Klay recalls six months ago he was simply looking forward to running again. @EvanWebeck asked Klay about the mental side of his recovery and reaching milestones that indicate he’s close to playing. pic.twitter.com/zSsrBFHlW34:58 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Does Klay Thompson think the Warriors can win the title: “Oh, yeah. We’re 15-2. It’s a great indicator. Our defense is top 3 in the league along with our offense. And I’m not even out there yet. Think about that. Really think about that.”
Full soundbite pic.twitter.com/S4t3qf0v164:56 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Klay said “I don’t like to say ‘can’t wait’ because I like to be in the present…but I can’t wait!” – 4:50 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Klay: “I don’t fear getting hurt again. The last two times was a freak accident.” – 4:49 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Klay Thompson said it’s “championship or bust” for this Warriors team. “And I’m not even out there. Think about that. I want a championship so bad.” – 4:48 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Does Klay think the Warriors can win a title this year? “Oh yeah.” – 4:48 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Klay Thompson: “I’m more motivated than ever. I want a championship so bad. More than anything.” – 4:47 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Klay Thompson: “We are now a type of team where it’s championship or bust, and that’s a really cool position to be in, and not a lot of players get to experience that.” – 4:46 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Klay Thompson on James Wiseman: “I just try to remind him he’s going to carry the torch one day.” – 4:46 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Klay on the state of the Warriors: “We are now the type of team where it’s championship or bust.” – 4:45 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
‘We are now the type of team where it’s championship or bust.’
– Klay Thompson on the Warriors – 4:44 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Klay says it feels good to see the Warriors’ aura come back again. “It’s championship or bust.” – 4:44 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Klay Thompson: “We are now a type of team where it’s championship or bust. That’s a really cool position to be in. Not a lot of guys get to experience that.” – 4:43 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Klay Thompson on Jordan Poole: “I’m so proud of him. He’s an incredible, incredible player.” – 4:41 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Klay Thompson on his defense: “Going against guys like Leandro Barbosa has helped me. He’s still so quick…I don’t plan on being a slouch on (the defensive) end.” – 4:38 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Klay Thompson said he wants to come back in the first trimester of the season: “That’s one-third, right? A trimester?” pic.twitter.com/acPEJMfAzH4:38 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Klay Thompson on how he’s feeling: “I have to stay patient because I can be an overeager person to get out there and play, but I’m just incredibly grateful to be out there and work.” – 4:37 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
‘Who knows when it will be. Hopefully first half of the season.’
— Warriors G Klay Thompson on his impending return
Adds that he hopes it’s the first ‘trimester.’ He’s ramping up his minutes with each scrimmage. – 4:37 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Klay Thompson on when he expects to come back: “I don’t know. It’s really hard to say. It’s definitely a feel thing. … Hopefully sooner rather than later because I am really excited to get back to balling.” – 4:34 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Klay Thompson on the Warriors’ hot start: “It’s incredible. I mean, 15-2 is pretty ridiculous. I don’t think any of the pundits saw this coming. … It’s very inspiring for me to go into workouts knowing this is the best team in the league right now.” – 4:33 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Kerr on Klay Thompson return: “We don’t have a target date”
sportando.basketball/en/kerr-on-kla…4:29 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Klay Thompson expected to speak today. Standby 😎 – 4:18 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After missing two seasons due to injuries, Klay Thompson has reportedly been cleared to fully return to Warriors practices and could debut by the week of Christmas. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2021/11/21/rep…4:00 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Steve Kerr on whether he’s thinking about how to fold Klay Thompson back into the lineup: “We’ll figure that out when the time comes. Right now, we’re just preparing to try to win the game tomorrow.” – 3:50 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Klay did everything in practice today and participated in a 5-on-5 scrimmage yesterday. Right now, the Warriors’ main focus is ramping up his strength and endurance. – 3:48 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Steve Kerr on Klay Thompson: “Especially early when he’s scrimmaging, he’s knocking down shots. … But you can see fatigue setting in much earlier than he would in a month, two months.” – 3:47 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Steve Kerr says the Warriors don’t have a target date set for Klay Thompson’s return yet. But they hope to figure it out over the next few weeks. – 3:47 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Per Kerr: Klay Thompson is scrimmaging 5×5 and going “full bore.” His Achilles is structurally sound, no ill effects. Right now is about building strength and endurance. There is no target date for his return. – 3:45 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Kerr says the organization has no target date for Klay’s return. It’s all a matter of when Klay thinks — and the training staff thinks — he’s ready to play. – 3:45 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Steve Kerr on Klay Thompson’s injury update: “When I said I don’t know where that came from, I was referring to when he was coming back…I probably just anticipated a question that didn’t come, so that’s my fault. I just wanted to make sure everybody was on the same page.” – 3:44 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Steve Kerr on Klay Thompson’s return: “We don’t have a target date. What we have is a number of weeks ahead of us where we’re going to for certain let it play out. … I would think that, within a few weeks, we’d be able to sort of get a target date.” – 3:44 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Kerr on Klay: “He looks good … Klay is just so happy to be out there playing, competing.”
Kerr says Klay did everything at practice today and it’s just a matter of building up Klay’s strength and endurance now. – 3:44 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
The Warriors brought in some people to scrimmage with Klay Thompson yesterday.
“He looks good,” Kerr said. “…It’s just a matter of building strength and endurance, especially the endurance part. It just takes time.” – 3:42 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Klay Thompson in the #77 jersey at practice. pic.twitter.com/FzQsLkrsWD3:31 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Klay, rocking the 77 jersey, getting some shots up after practice. pic.twitter.com/zoeLDJag9O3:29 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
🏀 Should the rookies play more?
🏀 How Klay can help Steph
🏀 Jordan Poole’s ceiling
🏀 Draymond’s love for the game
New Locked On #Warriors
🍎 https://t.co/TXX5lmj8aS
✳️ https://t.co/LuwpF4FYyR pic.twitter.com/ijPs6z0x7c12:29 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After missing two seasons due to injuries, Klay Thompson has reportedly been cleared to fully return to Warriors practices and could debut by the week of Christmas. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2021/11/21/rep…10:00 PM

More on this storyline

Connor Letourneau: Kevon Looney: “Klay looked good, especially for someone who’s been out that long. … We’re excited to see him get back.” -via Twitter @Con_Chron / November 23, 2021

Anthony Slater: Klay Thompson said his scrimmages have been 4-minute quarters. He will ramp up to 5-minute, 6-minute, 7-minute quarters the next couple weeks. Eventually plan is to get to 12-minute quarters within a month: “That’s when I’ll be approaching gameplay.” -via Twitter @anthonyVslater / November 23, 2021

Nick Friedell: Klay knows he’ll be on a minutes restriction whenever he returns. He says he doesn’t want to come back and be a shell of himself — “My game’s based on skill. I knew I could come back and be really good.” -via Twitter @NickFriedell / November 23, 2021