Of all of the players on the Warriors roster Klay Thompson had the toughest two years. First, he tore his ACL during the 2019 NBA Finals that kept him from basketball for a whole year.
Just as the 32-year-old shooting guard was getting ready to return to action, he suffered an Achilles tendon injury in November of 2020 which meant another year without basketball.
Two years later Thompson is back to the NBA Finals looking for his fourth championship. He was the top scorer in the close out game against the Mavericks with 32 points.
“Oh yeah, I dreamt about [returning to NBA Finals] like every day,” Thompson said after the game. “My thoughts definitely go to the surgery table. I’m very thankful for Dr. Ferkel and Dr. Ellatrosh. The tedious rehab sessions. I got really in touch with music during those times because it would help me through a lot of those sessions.
“Just my appreciation for moving my body again. I thought about that. I thought about those days I couldn’t run or jump and how lucky we are to do what we do. Just to be here again wearing this shirt, wearing this hat it’s a, like you said, I dreamt of this and it’s inspiring for myself to keep going.”