Warriors GM on Klay Thompson’s progress: There’s one “final piece to his puzzle”

Warriors general manager Bob Myers liked the way Klay Thompson moved at the team’s mini-camp last week but said the true test for the five-time NBA All-Star will come once he’s able to play in actual games.

“The final piece to his puzzle is live NBA action, where (you have) that kind of speed, and you can’t you can’t replicate that speed even in camp. You need to experience that,” Myers told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday morning.

“That’s nothing against him or us, you just can’t do that right now. You’re going to need to do that in training camp and the preseason if there is one, or right into the season.”

The Warriors’ minicamp marked the first time Thompson had practiced with the team since he tore his left ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

Thompson participated in controlled portions of practices each day — including drills and one 5-on-5 scrimmage. He did not participate in last Friday’s more game-like 5-on-5 scrimmage that served as the unofficial conclusion of minicamp.

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“That’s the part that he just needs to get over, but he will, and we’re confident that he can,” Myers said of Thompson. “It’s just we haven’t been able to provide that. That’s not available anywhere — NBA type speed, NBA-type quickness, NBA defensive schemes and all those things that he hasn’t seen in over a year, are the final missing piece. But he’ll get there.”

The NBA still has not set a target date for when it could begin the 2020-2021 regular season. Teams can begin to conduct in-person interviews with draft prospects on Oct. 16, with the NBA Draft on Nov. 18. But there are no set dates yet for the start of free agency, or when training camp might begin.

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“He’s a warrior in the true sense of the word, and I’m looking forward to watching him again, too,” Myers said. “For our fans, or any fans of basketball, he’s one of the best players, obviously one of the best shooters ever. But the way he defends too and we’re lucky …read more

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