Klay Thompson injury 'devastation' beyond court, Chris Mullin says

Jessica Kleinschmidt
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Klay injury news a 'devastation' beyond court, Mullin says originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

On Thursday, it was announced Klay Thompson is expected to miss the entire 2020-21 season after sustaining a torn right Achilles tendon. He suffered the injury on Wednesday in Southern California during a workout.

Yeah, it's brutal. And not just because the Warriors are losing one of their star players, but also because of who Klay is as a person.

"His attitude and his ‘team-first’ mentality, kind of easy, go-lucky …, " NBC Sports Bay Area’s Chris Mullin said on Dubs Talk.

Mullin described Klay as the kind of guy you always want to be around. 

“Devastation is real. All those guys: Steph, Draymond and Klay, they made a huge impact, of course winning championships, but the way they handle themselves,” Mullin added. “Welcome new guys on the roster, all the things that have happened throughout the years they’ve handled with class and dignity. I think they’ve won with humility and they’ve lost -- and they’ve handled that the right way also.

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Mullin talked about the emotion general manager Bob Myers felt having to discuss the Klay injury Wednesday night. It’s something a lot of us felt when the news hit.

“(Klay's) going to be fine from this too, it’s just going to take time,” Mullin said. “Kevin Durant tore his Achilles, right? They were No. 2 or 3 to win the championship. So he’s going to be fine it’s just the time between now and when he gets one hundred percent healthy, whenever that is.”

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ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski did say it’s expected that the five-time All-Star will make a full recovery, and it is everyone's hope that Thompson comes back at full strength for the 2021-22 season.