Klay Thompson appears to be making some significant progress on his road to recovery.
On Tuesday evening, the Golden State Warriors sharpshooter posted a series of photos on Instagram. Complete with a grown-out fro and a bright yellow headband, Thompson showed NBA fans an inside look at his recent workout in the Warriors' practice facility -- getting up and down the court for the first time since his devastating preseason Achilles tendon tear last year.
"DubNation , I still have a really long , long , LOOOONG way to go . But my goodness, it felt so dang good to get up and down and see the ball go thru the net . Can’t wait to burn em down next year," Thompson wrote. "Big milestone for me this week #jackiemoon #wetfire."
Players and fans from around the league took to the comments to celebrate Thompson's progress, including his old Golden State teammate Kevin Durant.
"Shortbread," KD joked in the comments -- reportedly referencing Thompson's catchphrase for whenever someone hits the front rim on a jump shot.
Thompson has had some really rotten luck when it comes to injury woes in the past few years. After tearing his ACL in the 2019 playoffs, the five-time All Star looked ready to make a full comeback for this year's campaign. But, in a cruel twist of fate, he suffered an Achilles tendon tear during preseason workouts in November 2020.
Achilles injuries are notoriously difficult to comeback from, but a select few have made it work.
After missing the entire 2019-20 season with a torn Achilles of his own, Durant came back better than ever in 2020. In this year's playoff run with the Brooklyn Nets, the superstar forward averaged a career-high 34.3 points per game.
Hopefully Thompson can follow this same path to a full recovery in 2021.