Golden State Warriors star guard Klay Thompson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon that ended the season.
The injury occurred during training Wednesday in Southern California, the team announced. They did an MRI on Thursday morning.
Based on the type of tear, Thompson has been told to hope he will make a full recovery, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Thompson’s agent, Greg Lawrence, told ESPN that his client is expected to be fully recovered by the start of the 2021-22 season.
“Klay has willpower, but now is a tough day for him,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said. “It hurts. He’ll get to a place, I think, where he’ll be on the road. But right now, like you or me or anyone, this is a tough day for him to hear that news. It’s tough. It’s tough.” “
Myers pointed to a call from an opposing coach and said Thompson is “universally loved” in the league.
“I think how your peers feel about you in life says more than anything else. And I really do. And I think he is admired on the inside. He is admired on the outside. And you can’t put into words what he means to us. What he means to our fans, our coaching staff, his teammates, “Myers said.
Thompson was playing with various NBA players in Los Angeles and felt pain in his calf area when he landed on his leg, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
Thompson, 30, missed all of last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. The Warriors were optimistic that Thompson, who has spent more than a year rehabbing the injury, would return in full force for the 2020-21 season.
Now, however, they will spend another season without him on the court.
“I can’t just sit here and say I feel good,” Myers said. “I have confidence in our players. I have confidence in our coaches. I have confidence in our property. We are going to keep moving. We are never going to stop. But to be honest, it hurts. It hurts and I know it hurts our organization.”
ESPN’s Nick Friedell contributed to this report.