Klay Thompson excited to start practicing with Warriors: 'championship-or-bust' mentality

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Klay Thompson says the Warriors have a “championship-or-bust” mentality after their 15-2 start to the season.

Thompson has been cleared for full-contact practices and has started to run with his teammates again after missing the past two-plus seasons due to injury. Klay hasn’t played since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, as he tore his ACL that game and tore his Achilles in November 2020. He could return by the end of December.

On Tuesday, Thompson spoke for nearly 20 minutes about his rehab as he builds up his conditioning in his final stages before joining the Warriors. He also said the Warriors are only thinking about a title this season.

“It’s something I expected,” Thompson said. “We are a type of team where it’s ‘championship-or-bust’ and that’s a really cool position to be in. Not a lot of players get to experience that.”

So does he think the Warriors are legit contenders?

“Oh yeah,” Thompson said. “15-2. That’s a great indicator of it. And our defense I think is top-three in the league, as well as our offense. And I’m not even out there yet. Think about that. Really think about that. I’m more motivated than ever, as well. I want a championship so bad. More than anything.”