Thompson faced ‘mental block’ while playing pick-up ball
Klay Thompson has tried to win another NBA title after returning from injury, but he’s still not fully back with them.
Golden State Warriors star Thompson spoke to reporters this week and revealed a major obstacle he’s still facing – a mental setback that has kept him from playing pickup basketball all day. Season.
“It was really hard for me to get out there,” Thompson said. by Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “Only mentally, it was hard. It’s hard to explain. It’s like a mental block in a way.
“I’ll have to face it someday, but this [past] Thompson added. “It was hard to come back to win the championship, and then a month later, [look to] play. That’s a lot. but I will [back]. I look forward to playing summer basketball again [eventually]. “
Context here is very important. After he tore his ACL in the 2019 NBA Finals against Toronto, Thompson looks set to return for the 2020-21 campaign. However, he later tore his Achilles tendon while playing in a pickup game in November 2020 and missed another whole season of action.
That stroke of luck is enough to make anyone hesitant to return to pickup trucks, especially a top NBA star with tens (if not hundreds of millions) of stakes. We have seen another remarkable player Injured at the end of the season in a pickup game this summer. Meanwhile, Thompson, who is looking to play in his first season since 2018-19, is still trying to overcome mental obstacles from his own pickup breakdown two years ago.