SAN FRANCISCO – Klay Thompson’s return to court might as well be a Bay Area vacation. Swarms of Golden State Warriors fans lined up outside the Chase Center ahead of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, awaiting Thompson’s first NBA game in 941 days.
Throughout the season, Warriors players shared their personal memories and connection to Thompson, expressing how eagerly they looked forward to his return. On Sunday, with the day finally arrived, they paid the ultimate tribute to their teammate. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and all Warriors players wore a Klay Thompson No.11 jersey during the game.
In his pre-game press conference, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he wasn’t sure where the idea came from, but was delighted to see his team show off. his love for Thompson on such an important day.
“No one can know what he’s been through except Klay,” Kerr said. “So that’s what it’s about tonight, we all show our appreciation for what he’s had to go through individually and express our affection for him.”
Thompson will start Sunday’s game and is expected to play in five-minute stints. Kerr didn’t give an exact number, but said Thompson “isn’t going to play a lot of minutes” because they make it easier for him in his role.