Warriors guard Klay Thompson shared an inspiring post about the late Kobe Bryant on his 43rd birth anniversary.
3x NBA champion has missed back-to-back seasons due to catastrophic injuries he sustained that included an ACL and Achilles injury. Thompson’s last appearance on the hardwood was during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
As the 5x All-Star was hoping for a comeback in the 2020-21 season, tragedy struck him again as Thompson suffered an Achilles injury during a practice game in LA.
Thompson was devastated and even shared an emotional post on Instagram. Nevertheless, the former 3-point contest champion has been seen doing a few shootarounds. As per reports, Thompson is aiming for a Christmas return in the upcoming season.
As the world remembered the Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on his 43rd birth anniversary. Thompson shared a motivating post about the Black Mamba.
Klay Thompson shared an inspirational post about Kobe Bryant’s Achilles injury in 2013
During a game between the Golden State Warriors and LA Lakers in 2013, Kobe Bryant suffered a career-threatening Achilles injury that would keep him out of action for 7-months.
Recently, Thompson took to Instagram to share his experience about guarding Kobe that fateful night. The Warriors star, who is known to be one of the most elite 2-way players in the league, stated that he couldn’t do anything to defend the Lakers legend who was putting up a show that night.
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Kobe had 34-points that night, shooting an impressive 42.9% from the field and 50.0% from the 3-point line before tearing his Achilles in the final minutes of the game. However, the pioneer of the Mamba mentality would stay put and perform 2 free throws before exiting the game.
Thompson had a similar moment during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals as well, the Warriors star was unstoppable, scoring 30.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals before going down with an ACL tear. Nevertheless, he would return and sink 2 free throws.
Thompson, who is aiming for a 2021 Christmas return, draws inspiration from the late Kobe Bryant. The Lakers superstar had made a solid comeback after suffering from an Achilles tear.