Klay Thompson says he dreamed about returning to the NBA Finals and noted he is grateful to be in a position to play basketball again and do well on the court. Thompson sustained an Achilles injury during the 2019 NBA Finals and missed the entire next season.
The following year, Thompson suffered a major knee injury during the preseason and missed the entire last season as well. Earlier this year, Thompson made his return to the NBA courts after being sidelined for two and a half years.
On Thursday night, the Warriors defeated the Dallas Mavericks 120-110 to close out the series and book their first NBA Finals since 2019. "I dreamt about this day," Thompson said, per ESPN. "Just my appreciation for moving my body again, I thought about that.
I thought about those days I couldn't run or jump, how lucky we are to do what we do. Just to be here again wearing this [Western Conference Champion] shirt, wear this [NBA Finals] hat, I mean, I dreamt of this."
Warriors staff, players happy for Thompson
Thompson has played a big part in the Warriors' run to the NBA Finals.
"I'm happy for everybody ... [but] it's hard not to be most excited for Klay," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "The fight that he's been through to get back to this point. Just an incredible accomplishment for him. For him to be a part of it, he's so happy again.
It's wonderful to see." There were questions regarding how would Thompson look following a lengthy absence. Thompson answered that question but some believe he can be even better. "You can see how much he was missing over the last couple of years," Warrios center Draymond Green said.
"To have him back, still not 100 percent back to the Klay Thompson that we know, but working his way there, is special."