Klay wins ESPY for best returning athlete for 2022 season originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
It’s been a long road back for Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the 2019 NBA Finals game against the Toronto Raptors. Then the unfortunate chance of injury didn’t end there; during rehabilitation, he suffered an Achilles tearmissing the entire 2020-21 season.
Thompson would finally return to the court in early January of this year, where he would play a role in helping Golden State reach the 2022 NBA Finals as they went on to defeat the Boston Celtics in six games.
At the ESPYs, the 32-year-old won the Best Returning Athlete award. While he was on stage to deliver his speechThompson credited the Warriors organization for supporting and even paying him after he tore his ACL.
“…I wouldn’t be here if not for the Warriors organization. I mean, who pays a guy after he tears his anterior cruciate ligament? That’s unheard of,” Thompson said.
“But they trust me, so I know you’re out there, Bob. [Myers]. I like you. Peter Guber too, and Joe [Lacob] trust us and, man, just amazing. And I also want to thank my parents.”
Afterwards, Thompson thanked ESPN for the award and Dub Nation for their support. Also, the Warriors guard hinted that the team is just getting started, so people have to stay tuned for what’s next.
During the 2021-22 season, Thompson played in 32 games averaging 20.4 points per game. With an offseason in which there will be no rehabilitation in his summer plans, the guard can continue to work to regain his past form.