Klay Thompson finding new ways to move through another rehab

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Injured Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, from left, celebrates with Juan Toscano-Anderson and Stephen Curry during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in San Francisco, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO – Klay Thompson has taken up swimming in chilly San Francisco Bay to mix things up as he endures yet another year-long rehab for his right Achilles tendon immediately after working back from a torn ACL in his left knee.

Truly a Splash Brother now.

“It was life changing!” he declared, “It was amazing. I was like, ‘I need to do this more often.’”

“I'm going to incorporate that into my routine now,” Thompson added. “Tim Duncan swam his whole career and he played for 21 years. These last few years have allowed me to look at things and re-evaluate how I train and how I diet, that's for sure. As I'm getting older I've got to do all the little things.”

Thompson has ditched the walking boot and is driving again post-surgery. He can lift weights and ride the stationary bike.

And for his cerebral side, the Golden State star is finding some non-physical activities to become more well-rounded during the grind of this recovery process.

“Read books, play chess and watch a lot of movies,” he said, smiling while speaking candidly before watching the Warriors host Utah. “Before I got hurt I realized all my hobbies revolved around me being athletic. These last two years have taught me I need to get some more hobbies that bring out the creative side of me because the human body can turn on you, unfortunately. I love to play golf, I love to go biking, I love to go hiking, and I'm without that right now. I've got to do other things and be patient with myself.”

Thompson didn’t play at all during the coronavirus-shortened season as he worked back from surgery in July 2019 for a torn ACL in his left knee. He suffered that injury in the deciding Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.