NBA world lights up after Thompson’s return: “The game missed Klay”


SAN FRANCISCO — The basketball world lit up when Klay Thompson made his long-awaited return to game action in the Warriors’ 96-82 win agains the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.

After 941 days rehabbing from two major injuries — a torn ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals coupled with an achilles tear weeks before he was set to make his return again — Thompson reintroduced himself with bang. He scored 17 points in 20 minutes with three three-pointers, including a poster dunk that brought his journey full circle.

The Warriors’ celebration began as soon as Thompson announced his return with a Space Jam movie-inspired clip posted on his social media accounts. Steph Curry, who lit up for 28 points and four three-pointers in Monday’s win, asked fans on social media to post their favorite Thompson moments in anticipation of “Klay Day.”

Monday afternoon pre-game, all Thompson’s teammates arrived to Chase Center wearing a Thompson No. 11 jersey. Curry warmed up still wearing his Thompson jersey.

The whole Warriors team pulled up in Klay Thompson jerseys

: @warriors

— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) January 9, 2022

Once the game started, NBA players from around the league chimed in to share how Thompson’s return made them feel.

LeBron James Tweeted a flurry of flame emojis in response to someone excited for his return.

— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 9, 2022

Retired NBA champion Dwyane Wade tweeted: “Good morning!!! Today is Klay Day! Welcome back @KlayThompson.”

Good Morning!!!! Today is Klay Day! Welcome back @KlayThompson

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— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 9, 2022

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Patrick Beverley, a thorn in the Warriors’ side for years, tweeted: “The Game has missed @KlayThompson glad u back gang.”

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The Game has missed @KlayThompson glad u back gang.

— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) January 9, 2022

Retired player and 2016 NBA champion with the Cavaliers Channing Frye tweeted: “I’ve seen hundreds of players come back but I’ll say personally ‘I almost shed a tear for Klay and his journey.”

I’ve seen hundreds of players come back but I’ll say Personally “ I almost shed a tear for Klay and his journey”. Welcome back 77.

— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) January 10, 2022


Three-time sixth-man of the year Jamal Crawford added tweeted: “So dope seeing Klay back on the court!”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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