Andre Iguodala confident Klay Thompson will be better than pre-ACL tear


Andre Iguodala wrote a book.

"The Sixth Man" will be available starting Tuesday, June 25, and it needs to be added to your summer reading list.

The 2015 NBA Finals MVP promoted the book Friday morning during an appearance on ESPN's "First Take," and of course he stuck around to discuss a plethora of topics related to the Warriors and the NBA.

Iguodala was asked if he's concerned about Klay Thompson's ability to return to full strength following his ACL tear. 

"He's a tough guy," Iguodala said. "He hasn't missed many games at all. He's had broken fingers, twisted ankles and he's played through all types of things.

"His hamstring was strained. Most guys wouldn't have been back in the Finals that way he was able to and still give us big numbers.

"We have a great training staff. My guy Rick [Celebrini]. I call him Rick Flair. He's the ACL specialist. So he'll have him ready. He'll be even better than he was before. So I'm really confident in that."

Klay tore the ACL in his left knee last Thursday during Game 6 of the NBA Finals. On Wednesday, Golden State GM Bob Myers said that the five-time All-Star has not yet undergone surgery to repair the ligament.

Klay is set to become an unrestricted free agent Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m. PT and you never know what could happen. But it will be shocking if he doesn't come back to the Warriors.

Iguodala certainly is of the mindset that the two-time All-NBA selection will be re-signing with the Dubs:

If Klay were to make his season debut right after the All-Star break, that would mean he returned to game action about eight months after sustaining the injury.

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That definitely would be on the early end of the rehab timetable. But as Iguodala said, the 29-year-old is a tough guy and a fast healer:

Good luck with the recovery, Klay.

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