Klay Thompson and James Wiseman, two starting players who are crucial and are integral parts of the team, were recently sent to the Santa Cruz Warriors after being injured to aid them with recovery and conditioning.
Thompson, a 3-time champion shooting guard who forms one half of the famous ‘Splash Brothers’ duo, alongside Steph Curry, has not played a game since the 2019 NBA finals in June. He tore his ACL in his left knee, which caused him to miss the entire 2019-2020 NBA season. After this, he had another leg injury during an offseason workout in November 2020. It was confirmed to be a torn right Achilles.
On November 25, 2020, it was announced by the Warriors that Klay Thompson successfully underwent surgery to repair his torn Achilles, and the team said in a statement that Thompson was “expected to make a full recovery.”
James Wiseman, a young centre who the Warriors drafted in the 2020 draft, tore his meniscus which has caused him to be out since March 11th, a game where he only played 6 minutes before he tore his meniscus.
Despite these two starting players being out for so long, the Warriors still have the best record in the entire league with 23 wins and 5 losses, just beating the Phoenix Suns who are currently 22-5. Although the team has recalled these two players from the G-League, they haven’t quite yet decided when the guard and centre will return.
Bob Meyers, the general manager of the team, said “We haven’t even decided internally when it’ll be.” Just like the fans, Meyers is excited to see Thompson get back on the court. “But the good news is there’s a light. If you’re in this tunnel, it’s been a long tunnel for Klay to see this light. The closer we get — I want to see him play so bad,” Meyers added.