Last week, the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA title, taking down the two-time reigning champion Golden State Warriors in the process.
The title, however sweet, will be forever marred by the injuries to two of Golden State’s best players.
Kevin Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles in Game 5, then Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL on a hard foul by Danny Green in Game 6.
After Thompson’s injury, Warriors players reportedly went up to Green to let him know the play wasn’t dirty.
Even Thompson himself made sure Green knew he didn’t think the Raptors guard did it on purpose.
In an interview with Canadian media on June 16, Green revealed what Klay said to him after the injury, via KNBR.com:
“[Thompson’s] like, ‘I know you didn’t do it purpose,’” Green said.
“I saw [Draymond] in the hallway after and he said it’s an ACL and I was like ‘Ahhh, sh–.’ It’s gonna be a long summer for not just him but their team,” Green said. “You never want to see those guys go down that way. They’re special players and you don’t want to see their careers changed, or be hindered or be over because of certain types of plays or injuries — especially the ones you’re involved in.”
Thompson is in for a long recovery process after suffering the injury just a few days ago.
He’ll likely return for Golden State in February or March.