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Klay Thompson's father still believes 'he'll be back' with Warriors despite knee injury

Mark Medina, The Mercury News on

Published in Basketball

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The moments left Mychal Thompson feeling sleepless. It did not tamper his optimism, though.

His son, Klay, tore an ACL in his left knee and walked out of the arena on crutches. Then, the Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, hardly the ending they envisioned in their final game at Oracle Arena after winning three NBA titles in the past four years.

That only leads to two questions.

First, how will this affect Klay Thompson when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 30?

"You have to ask Joe Lacob that one," Mychal Thompson said about the Warriors' majority owner. "That's up to the Warriors. But Klay will be back. It's unfortunate, but it's kind of a routine injury. Nobody wants it. Guys are able to come back fully recovered from this injury."

Second, did this mark the end of the Warriors' dynasty? Not only do the Warriors have questions about Thompson. Kevin Durant is recovering from a surgically repaired right Achilles tendon. The Warriors otherwise have limited purchasing power and a No. 28 pick to bolster their team. Nonetheless, Thompson said that "Klay and Kevin will both be back to wreak havoc among the league." Thompson also added "the Warriors are far from done." As for Durant's free agency?

 

"I always have faith he'll stay. This is the second-best organization you can play for. Of course, you know what the best one is," said Mychal Thompson, who played for the Showtime Lakers and remains a radio analyst for the team's flagship station. "Why leave a great situation like Golden State? These guys are still going to be championship contenders for years to come."

The Warriors did not look like championship contenders against Toronto partly because of their injuries.

First, Durant ruptured his right Achilles tendon in Game 5 after scoring 11 points in 12 minutes. That had marked his return after missing the previous nine games with a strained right calf. Then Thompson injured his left knee after drawing a foul at the rim and landing awkwardly with 2:22 left in the third quarter of Game 6. The Warriors sorely missed Thompson, who had scored 30 points while going 8 of 12 from the field, 4 of 6 from 3 and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line.

"Worst possible way to end the season," Mychal Thompson said.

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