The Golden State Warriors have been dealt a significant blow as they seek redemption after last season’s woes with news Klay Thompson will miss the entire 2020-21 NBA season with injury.
The 30-year-old superstar guard suffered a torn right Achilles tendon during a pick-up game on Wednesday in Southern California in the lead-up the new NBA season which starts next month.
The Golden State Warriors confirmed the news on Twitter, when they wrote: “Klay Thompson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon, an MRI confirmed today in Los Angeles.
“Thompson suffered the injury in a workout yesterday in Southern California. He is expected to miss the 2020-21 season.”
The injury comes as the Warriors look to forget a woeful 2019-20 season where they finished bottom in the Pacific Division with a league-worst record of 15 wins from 65 matches.
Steve Kerr’s had won the Western Conference five times in a row, as well as NBA titles in 2015, 2017 and 2018, led by Steph Curry, so they were aiming to rebound strongly in 2020-21.
Thompson’s return from injury, having missed all of the 2019-20 season with a knee injury sustained in the 2019 NBA Finals, was seen as an avenue for the Warriors to get back into the contention.
GSW’s roster has largely remained unchanged, with Curry, Thompson, Kelly Oubre, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green their key players. Curry only played five games in 2019-20 due to an injured metacarpal but is fit and available now.
The Warriors used pick two in last week’s NBA Draft to recruit young centre James Wiseman from Memphis, while Italian point guard Nico Mannion was picked up at 48 and may get a chance with Thompson out.