'Grateful' Klay Thompson details ramped-up rehab, practice performance


When the Warriors went on their four-game road trip to the East Coast last week, Klay Thompson and James Wiseman stayed in the Bay Area to continue their respective rehabs. Thompson hit a major milestone by playing in 5-on-5 scrimmages last week before rejoining his teammates for full-contact practice.

Thompson spoke to reporters at length Tuesday about his much anticipated return following 29-plus months away from NBA game action. The shooting guard is expected to return in late December, as he ramps up his conditioning after suffering ACL and Achilles injuries in consecutive seasons.

“It’s so exciting just to be running up and down the court and playing basketball,” Thompson said. “It’s truly a blessing and makes coming to work so easy. The boring stuff’s behind me and now I’m just getting back into game shape. It’s really exciting. I gotta stay patient because I can be an over-eager person to get out there and play, but I’m just incredibly grateful to be out there. All the work the training staff and I have done over the last two years is really paying off. It’s hard to put into words how grateful I am to be playing basketball again.”