Steph Curry insists the Golden State Warriors are ready to adapt to their new role "chasing" the Los Angeles Lakers despite Klay Thompson's latest season-ending injury.

The Warriors reached five straight NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019, winning three titles, but slumped to a 15-50 record at the bottom of the West in 2019-20.

Golden State lost Thompson and Kevin Durant to long-term setbacks in their Finals defeat the previous season, before the latter departed for the Brooklyn Nets.

Curry's own injuries limited him to just five games last term as Thompson sat out the entire season and the team suffered.

The Warriors were expected to return to contention this season, challenging the champion Lakers, but Thompson will again be absent due to a major Achilles blow.

Talk of writing off another campaign is premature, however, according to Curry.

The two-time MVP told ESPN's The Undefeated: "We've been waiting seven months to get back out there.

"Not seeing [Thompson] on the court, at first, is going to be weird. But I think we've done a really good job in the offseason with James [Wiseman, the second overall pick] and our draft picks and in the free agency pool to put together a really solid roster.

"We're going to have to learn a lot really quickly, and we will need a full commitment from everybody.

"We know we can compete with anyone in the league. It's kind of crazy. We know how great Klay is - don't get me wrong - but we hear the chatter. 'It's the end for us', 'This year is a wash', 'What are we going to do in the future?'.

"But we are in the moment right now.

"It's kind of refreshing being in that category as guys that are chasing. We know [the Lakers] are the defending champs. We've got to beat them. We're ready for it."

Curry described news of Thompson's new injury as "a gut punch, for sure" and said it prompted "a lot of tears".

But Golden State are hoping to eventually welcome back the five-time All-Star who Curry still considers the best shooting guard in the league.

"He can come back strong. He's a guy that loves the game so much," Curry said. "He is going to do whatever it takes to get back out there on the floor and be himself.

"That's what we hope and that's the confidence that we have. Two and a half years of rehab is tough for anybody. But we're hoping for the best."

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  1. Batting clicked in Windies warm-up match

The three-day warm-up match between New Zealand A and West Indies at Queenstown ended in a draw on Sunday. Electing to bat first after winning the toss, New Zealand ‘A’ put up a dominant display of batting to post 308 for 3 declared in the first innings and then 124 for 1. The Windies scored 366 in what must be considered a commendable effort.

     The 112-run partnership between Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo helped bring the Windies compile a good score after opener John Campbell was bowled for 4.

Brathwaite went on to score 47 while gave a glimpse of his class in a memorable Bravo 135. Bravo knock included 13 fours and five sixes. Top order batsman Shamarh Brooks also stepped up with the bat scoring 80 while Captain Rostan Chase contributed 42 from 76 balls. 

  There is cause for optimism when considering the performance with the bat from the West Indies even though John Campbell does need to show greater game awareness and application. The lower order also needs to raise their game as four of the batsmen were dismissed in single digits.

Despite the commendable batting performance, the Windies had a tough time with the ball. Kemar Roach, Chemar Holder and Rahkeem Cornwall ended the match wicket-less and the bowling attack only managed to snare four wickets during the match.

If the West Indies are to be competitive during the coming series, the bowlers need to quickly shake off the rust and get firing.

 

  1. A sigh of relief for Trinidad and Tobago’s football!

Football’s world governing body, FIFA, on Thursday lifted the suspension of the Trinidad and Tobago football Association, TTFA. The decision was communicated in a letter to the Head of FIFA’s normalization committee in T&T, Robert Hadad. This is a major fillip for Trinidad and Tobago’s football as it paves the way for the team to participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and World Cup qualifiers. 

     Despite the setbacks, it is my hope that the normalization committee will cleared the massive debt burdening the association while paying salaries and getting the national team ready for international competition.

  1. Huge blow to Golden State Warriors after Klay Thompson’s injury

The Golden State Warriors star guard Klay Thompson suffered a season-ending tear to his right Achilles tendon during a workout last Wednesday in Southern California. The 30-year-old Thompson missed all of last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. 

The Warriors were hopeful that Thompson would return fit and ready to compete for the 2020-21 season. However, they are now trying to figure out how they will cope without one half of the Splash Brothers, whose absence contributed to their league’s worst record (15-50) last season.

 Another season without Thompson on the court will be a huge blow to the Golden State Warriors chances of winning a title next season. How does one accept that such a dependable star has become so vulnerable? 

 

 

The Golden State Warriors have confirmed Klay Thompson is expected to miss the entire 2020-21 NBA season due to a serious injury.

Thompson suffered a torn Achilles in his right leg while participating in a workout on Wednesday, with an MRI scan confirming the severity of the issue.

The five-time NBA All-Star missed the entire 2019-20 campaign after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Game 6 of the prior season's NBA Finals.

Now Golden State are once again facing up to an extended period without the 30-year-old, who averages 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists during his eight-year career.

"Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon, an MRI confirmed today in Los Angeles,"  a short statement read from the team.

"Thompson suffered the injury yesterday in a workout in Southern California. He is expected to miss the 2020-21 season."

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski had first reported the extent of the issue earlier on Thursday, prior to the team's official announcement.

Former Warrior Rick Barry - who was named Finals MVP when they won the title in 1975 - empathised with Thompson on Twitter, as his Hall of Fame career was also hampered by injury problems.

Barry tweeted: "Having had injuries that kept me away from the game I know how devastating it can be emotionally. If anyone can get through this and come back, I’m sure it's Klay with his great work ethic."

Many current NBA players offered prayers for Thompson on social media following the news, among them LeBron James, Luka Doncic and Paul George.

With Thompson's back-court partner Stephen Curry also missing significant time, Golden State finished with an NBA-worst 15-50 record last term.

The Warriors selected James Wiseman with the second pick in the NBA Draft on Wednesday, the center having averaged 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in his three-game career at the University of Memphis, as well as guards Nico Mannion and Justinian Jessup in the second round.

Klay Thompson has suffered a right Achilles tear and will miss the entire 2020-21 NBA season, according to reports. 

The Golden State Warriors confirmed on Wednesday that Thompson had sustained an unspecified leg injury during a workout in California. 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the five-time All-Star has a torn Achilles that will force him to sit out a second straight season. 

Thompson missed the entire 2019-20 campaign after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Game 6 of the prior season's NBA Finals. 

The 30-year-old guard only took part in his first full Warriors practice since that injury in September, 470 days after leaving the decisive defeat in the series against the Toronto Raptors. 

Stephen Curry also missed significant time last season as Golden State, who were without Kevin Durant too after he left for the Brooklyn Nets, finished with an NBA-worst 15-50 record. 

News of Thompson's injury will be a bitter blow for head coach Steve Kerr as he looks to steer the Warriors back to the postseason, with the new campaign scheduled to begin on December 22. 

Thompson has won three NBA championships and averages 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists during his eight-year career, while averages 41.9 per cent from three-point range.

James Wiseman is looking forward to learning again from Steph Curry after the Golden State Warriors selected him with the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

After Anthony Edwards went to the Minnesota Timberwolves with the first selection, the Warriors – said to be keeping their options open approaching the draft – took Wiseman.

The former Memphis center – compared to DeAndre Jordan and Hassan Whiteside – joins a Golden State team looking to return to contention after an injury-wrecked 2019-20 season.

The Warriors had reached the Finals in five straight years, winning three titles, before going 15-50 and missing out on an invite to the bubble in Orlando.

Star man Curry is back fit for the new campaign, though, and he is a man Wiseman knows well having attended his SC30 Select Camp in 2018.

"I have a great relationship with Steph," Wiseman, who will wear the number 33 jersey in San Francisco, told reporters. "Obviously, I went to his camp, so he taught me a lot.

"When I was in high school, he taught me a lot about the game of basketball, gave me a lot of information. I actually took a picture with him, so that's my guy."

Wiseman reeled off the names of Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Marquese Chriss and Kevon Looney as he described a "great fit" alongside the team's veterans.

And the new man has no concerns about the pressure that comes with being a Warrior.

"There's no pressure. I've been playing this game a long time," he said. "I've been in winning traditions, especially at Memphis East High School and in college as well.

"I'm built for it and I'm ready to learn, grow my game and adapt."

Golden State were waiting on news of Thompson's latest injury as he headed for a scan, but Wiseman said he was praying for his team-mate.

In the meantime, title-winning coach Steve Kerr was delighted to have Wiseman on board.

"James is incredibly talented," Kerr said. "He's a great young man. We had the chance to watch him work out and have dinner with him a couple of weeks ago and he was so impressive.

"He's just bursting with potential. We're excited to get him. There's a lot of work ahead, but he's excited to be coming here and we're excited to have him, so it should be a great partnership."

Nico Mannion, the Warriors' second-round pick, also attended one of Curry's camps and followed in his father's footsteps by heading to Golden State. Pace Mannion was a second-round Warriors selection in 1983.

Klay Thompson is reportedly set to undergo an MRI after the Golden State Warriors confirmed the star suffered a leg injury during practice.

Thompson has been working his way back to full fitness after sitting out the entire season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sustained in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

Now, the Warriors – who are looking to bounce back after their forgettable 15-50 season – are sweating on Thompson's fitness following his latest setback.

Thompson is believed to have felt pain in his calf during a workout in Los Angeles on Wednesday, with the three-time NBA champion reportedly scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday.

The five-time All-Star has been rehabilitating for more than a year – Thompson took part in his first full practice with the Warriors in September, 470 days following the ACL injury.

Golden State used the second pick to draft center James Wiseman on Wednesday and he was rocked by the news midweek.

"As soon as I seen [the news], it was kind of down for me, like emotionally," Wiseman said. "But the team, we got his back no matter what and he's going to be in great recovery.

"And from my perspective, I just can't wait to go in there and give my great contribution towards the team and just go in there and learn as much as possible.

"Just grow and adapt within that environment and just play my position. But all prayers be to Klay, my team-mate, and he's going to be just fine."

Since being drafted by the Warriors as the 11th pick in 2011, Thompson has a career average of 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

In 2018-19, Thompson averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game as the Warriors eventually fell to the Toronto Raptors in the Finals.

The Golden State Warriors drafted James Wiseman with the second pick as LaMelo Ball fell to third on his way to the Charlotte Hornets.

Wiseman and Ball were next best on the board after the Minnesota Timberwolves used the top selection on Georgia guard Anthony Edwards in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Keen to return to the summit of the NBA following a forgettable 2019-20 season, the Warriors turned to Memphis center Wiseman.

Wiseman – compared to DeAndre Jordan and Hassan Whiteside – played only three games for Memphis last season, but his blend of size and athleticism gives him upside.

He had a points/assists/rebounds average of 30.7 across his three games, dominating on the boards as he put up 10.7 total rebounds per game.

"Versatility, be able to rebound, run the floor, block shots and just space the floor out for my size," Wiseman told ESPN when asked what he could bring to the Warriors.

"I've been playing a lot of pickup games and stuff this summer. I've just been improving my game every day so I'm just ready and I'm prepared."

Following Kevin Durant's departure to the Brooklyn Nets, and injuries to All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors went 15-50 and missed the playoffs after reaching every Finals between 2015 and 2019.

Ball had been projected to go first, as was Edwards, but the 19-year-old's name was called out third midweek.

LaMelo Ball, whose older brother and New Orleans Pelicans star Lonzo was drafted second in 2017, will move to Charlotte after impressing with the Illawarra Hawks in the NBL.

Ball was crowned the 2019-20 NBL Rookie of the Year during his stint with the Illawarra Hawks in Australia, where he averaged 17.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 12 games before a foot injury cut short his season.

He also became the youngest player in NBL history to record a triple-double after posting 32 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds against the Cairns Taipans in November last year, while he also had three double-doubles.

Klay Thompson took part in his first full practice with the Golden State Warriors since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last year. 

Five-time All-Star Thompson underwent surgery last year after going down with the injury in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. 

He joined the Warriors minicamp on Friday and trained with the rest of the team for the first time, 470 days after suffering the ACL damage. 

"It was great to have him out on the floor, in the locker room," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. 

"Just his presence alone gave us a jolt of energy and excitement. Practice went well. This is the first practice coming off an ACL injury and a year-and-a-half absence, so I didn't expect him to be in top shape, in top form, and he was not, but he moved well and it's a good first step. 

"We didn't scrimmage. We haven't had a five-on-five scrimmage yet. We're trying to ease into it because of the long lay-off. But Klay got a lot of good work in and I think he was able to gauge kind of where he is right now and what needs to do going forward." 

With Stephen Curry and Draymond Green excused from the camp – branded 'the Dubble' – for family reasons, Kerr hopes Thompson will be ready to scrimmage with his team-mates when the time comes. 

"It kind of depends how he reacts and what Rick [Celebrini, the Warriors' director of sports medicine and performance] says and what Klay says. Just kind of have to take it step by step. So we'll kind of see where he is tomorrow [Saturday] and make a decision accordingly." 

Thompson signed a five-year, $190million extension with the Warriors last offseason but missed the entire 2019-20 campaign as Golden State registered a league-worst 15-50 record

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green have been excused from the Golden State Warriors' voluntary minicamp due to family reasons.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr confirmed the absence of stars Curry and Green following Golden State's first practice session on Wednesday.

The Warriors have returned to training after their 2019-20 season was cut short amid the coronavirus pandemic – Golden State not qualifying for the Orlando bubble at Walt Disney World Resort with a league-worst 15-50 record.

Curry only made five appearance last season due to a broken left hand sustained in October, while Green was restricted to just 43 games for the injury-hit Warriors.

"First of all, I want to make clear that this is a voluntary camp," Kerr said. "And so [general manager] Bob [Myers] and I have both been in touch with Steph and Draymond and we are well aware of their circumstances.

"And so they both have important family issues to attend to and so they have excused absences."

Kerr added: "Would I like them to be here? Of course. We know, we're watching all these teams in the bubble; the ones that didn't make the playoffs, even they got six weeks together to practice and play games and try different combinations and line-ups.

"And we haven't had that opportunity, so we're just going to use the opportunity that we have here over two weeks, just like the other seven teams that didn't go to the bubble, and we'll try to make the most of this time, get plenty of work in.

"A lot of guys are going to get a lot better and really thrive in this environment. I'm not worried about Steph and Draymond; I know how hard they work and I know they'll be prepared for next season."

Warriors star Klay Thompson is also recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury suffered during the 2019 NBA Finals.

"He's doing well," Kerr said. "He worked out here at the facility for several days in a row, maybe four or five days in a row with [assistant coach] Chris DeMarco, and Chris gave me really positive updates.

"I was here for a couple of those days and got a chance to see him, and Klay looks great. And he's anxious to play, so we're excited about that."

Golden State Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson marched in Oakland's unity protest on Wednesday.

George Floyd – an African-American man – died in Minneapolis after a police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck during an arrest last week.

Violent protests have broken out across the United States since Floyd's death, during which he was filmed crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.

Three-time NBA champions Curry and Thompson were among Warriors players to march in the Walking in Unity protest event, along with team-mates Damion Lee and Kevon Looney.

Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson organised the rally and said: "No matter the colour of your skin, how much money you got, your education, it don't matter, we're all human beings.

"We're all here for the same purpose. Not just for black people. Right now it's about black people, but for humanity. There's people all over the world being oppressed.

"And we're just trying to take a step in the right direction and start something – me and my boys, my brothers. Thank you guys for being here."

On Thompson's Instagram story, the five-time All-Star shared footage of the event and wrote: "@juanonjuan10 natural born leader!"

Pierino Prati scored a hat-trick as AC Milan won the European Cup in 1969 and Francesco Totti played the final match of his career on this day three years ago.

May 28 will always be a special date in Milan's history, with Prati the hero in a 4-1 defeat of Johan Cruyff's Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu.

A tearful Totti said his goodbyes after 25 years with Roma, fittingly bowing out with a Serie A victory over Genoa and it is 23 years since Borussia Dortmund won the Champions League.

There was also a day to remember for Klay Thompson in 2016, when he set an NBA playoff record for three-pointers in a match to keep the Golden State Warriors' season alive.

 

1969 - Prati punishes Ajax

Real Madrid greats Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano were the only players to score a European Cup final hat-trick until Prati's Madrid masterclass.

The clinical forward was on target with a header, a venomous strike from outside the penalty and an opportunistic finish as the great Cruyff was upstaged.

Angelo Sormani also found the back of the net for the Rossoneri as they lifted the famous trophy for a second time.

Prati, Puskas and Di Stefano remain the only three men to have scored hat-tricks in the biggest match in European football.

 

1997 - Riedle double puts Dortmund in dreamland

Dortmund delivered in their first Champions League final, beating the mighty Juventus 3-1 in Munich.

Germany striker Karl-Heinz Riedle put the Bundesliga side in charge with a quickfire first-half brace, turning in from close range before heading beyond Angelo Peruzzi.

Juve had a goal disallowed before Alessandro Del Piero pulled one back with a sublime backheel.

Dortmund-born substitute Lars Ricken magnificently restored the two-goal cushion with his first touch and there was no way back for Juve as Ottmar Hitzfeld's side celebrated their finest hour at the home of rivals Bayern Munich.

 

2016 - Three and easy on Klay's day

The Golden State Warriors needed their stars to step up when they faced the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.

They had pegged the Thunder's series lead back to 3-2 with a victory two days earlier and had to win again in Oklahoma City in order to force a decider.

It was Thompson who starred to silence the Thunder fans, on target with a playoff record 11 attempts from behind the line and finishing with a 41-point haul.

The defending champions went on to win the final match of the series but went down 4-3 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals.

 

2017 – Eternal great Totti finishes on a high note

After a quarter of a century in the famous colours of Roma, the time finally came for Totti to bow out three years ago.

The one-club man was given a magnificent send-off from the fans who watched him captain his boyhood club for as many as 18 years.

Forward Totti, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, scored 307 goals in 786 games for the Eternal City giants.

Totti came off the bench to a standing ovation in his swansong versus Genoa and Diego Perotti's last-gasp strike snatched a 3-2 victory to secure second spot and a place in the group stage of the Champions League.

Andre Iguodala felt like he was returning "home" when he lined up against the Golden State Warriors for the Miami Heat on Monday.

The veteran was a three-time NBA champion with the Warriors and won the 2015 Final MVP award, cementing his legacy as a Golden State legend.

Speaking before featuring against his old side for the first time since his departure last July, Iguodala thanked the fans at Chase Center, where the likes of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry paid tribute to the 36-year-old.

"From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everybody that supported us, supported me my entire time here," Iguodala – who had two points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench – said as he addressed the crowd before a 113-101 victory for the Heat.

"It definitely feels like home every time. I just left, but it feels like home. Really appreciate you guys and appreciate you being loyal Bay Area fans.

"My brothers will be back in action, full squad next year, to wreak havoc on the league for 80 games. Love y'all."

Thompson hailed Iguodala as one of the Warriors' all-time greats, with Curry readily echoing those sentiments.

"We've got one of the greatest Warriors in the history of the organisation back," said Thompson. "We call him the Swiss Army knife. One of my favourite team-mates of all time.

"He made me, Steph [Curry], Draymond [Green] and [Kevon] Looney's job much easier, as well as coach [Steve] Kerr and all the coaching staff. So we're indebted to this man for what he gave us."

Curry added: "The respect that he has from the entire fan base out here you just have to step back and tip your hat to greatness."

Klay Thompson is buoyed his progress down the long road to recovery from a torn ACL, but knows he must remain patient as he eyes a return to the court.

The Golden State Warriors star suffered the injury during Game 6 of the NBA Finals in June.

Thompson is far enough along in his rehabilitation that he has been able to shoot with his team-mates after practice sessions.

While the prospect of a return to competitive action remains a way off, Thompson – speaking during the Warriors' 124-97 loss to the Dallas Mavericks – is keeping a clear head and a positive outlook.

"It's going great," the 29-year-old said in quotes reported by ESPN. "I mean, at least my suits are well tailored. And it's fun to watch these guys battle.

"Obviously, I wish I could be out there. It's been a long process. I haven't stopped working since the third day after Game 6 of the 2019 Finals. 

"You might not see me a lot, but I'm working. I don't know what's going to come this season, I would love to get out there.

"It's very rare for me not to be grinding through it with them, but I'm trying to make sure this type of injury never happens to me again, so I'll be very patient because I want to play at a high level 'til my late 30s."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been heartened to see Thompson get involved in post-practice shooting sessions.

"More than anything it just feels good to see him out there," he said. "And for him to feel it, like he's actually closer. Even though he's still a way from being out on the floor, he's so far along now compared to when this first started.

"So he's pretty far down the path, so I think he's starting to feel that.

"The routine is changing now. He's on the court a lot more, and I'm asking him to be around our team a lot more. Both Steph [Curry] and Klay I've talked to about starting to be engaged and involved with the group. The new players need to get to know those guys and vice versa.

"And they give our young group some confidence just with their presence. So I think that's all part of the next step here for both Steph and Klay."

Golden State Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a sprained right thumb.

The Warriors confirmed the thumb sprain on Saturday following an MRI, with Russell to be re-evaluated in a fortnight.

Russell hurt his thumb in the third quarter of Friday's 105-100 NBA loss to the in-form Boston Celtics.

It is another blow for the Warriors, who have been ravaged by injuries during their woeful 2-11 start to the season.

Stephen Curry broke his hand in October, while fellow All-Star Klay Thompson is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained during last season's NBA Finals.

The Warriors acquired Russell from the Brooklyn Nets in a sign-and-trade after Kevin Durant's departure in free agency.

The Golden State Warriors have suffered another injury blow after it was confirmed guard Damion Lee has sustained a hand fracture.

Six-time NBA champions the Warriors are without a host of players due to injury, with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson headlining the list of absentees.

While Thompson has been out since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in June, two-time NBA MVP Curry broke his left hand on October 30 during a defeat to the Phoenix Suns.

Curry is set to undergo surgery, but claimed on Monday he expects to return before the end of the season.

The Warriors, who have appeared in the NBA Finals every year since 2015, have struggled at the start of this campaign, with Monday's defeat to Utah Jazz leaving the team 2-9.

Their 108-122 loss to Utah also brought more bad news, with the Warriors confirming on Tuesday that Lee had suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand. The team added the 27-year-old will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

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