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Steve Kerr Issues Depressing Update On SG Klay Thompson

klay thompson warms up before game 2

TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 02: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before Game Two of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on June 02, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The NBA's 2019-20 regular season begins tonight and there's a lot to be excited about this year, from the new-look Los Angeles Lakers to the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George duo to the Philadelphia Sixers' ridiculously big starting lineup.

One thing putting a damper on the mood: Klay Thompson.

The Golden State Warriors' All-Star shooting guard is recovering from a torn ACL injury and, according to the latest update from Steve Kerr, is not likely to play this season.

Kerr issued the update in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Bay Area.

"It's unlikely that he's going to play this year," Steve Kerr recently told NBC Sports Bay Area in an exclusive interview that will air at 1 p.m. PT Tuesday in “NBA Season Tip-Off,” only on the MyTeams app. "So we have to understand that."

Kerr added that the Warriors have to be "realistic" about his injury.

"You have to look at it realistically," the Warriors coach said. "I had an ACL [tear] in college, and I missed a whole season. Generally, an ACL for a basketball player is a full-year recovery, and if it's a full year for Klay, that puts them out for the season."

Thompson suffered his ACL tear in the NBA Finals' loss to the Toronto Raptors.

The Warriors will head into the regular season with a Stephen Curry-D'Angelo Russell backcourt in a loaded Western Conference.

Golden State opens its season on Thursday night against the Clippers.