Klay Thompson's long road to recovery hasn't begun just yet.
"That is typical for players who [suffer] that injury," Friedell added. "There's usually a week or two gap between the injury and the surgery."
Thompson went down in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, June 13. After being helped off the court, the 29-year-old Splash Brother limped back to the free-throw line because he intended to stay in the game after a medical evaluation.
However, according to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne, doctors quickly identified that Thompson had likely torn his ACL. The diagnosis was confirmed by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski after the Toronto Raptors won Game 6 114-110 to claim their first franchise championship.
Shelburne wrote that Thompson was immediately concerned with how his injury might affect his unrestricted free agency this summer. The next day, Klay's father Mychal Thompson told the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau there's "no question" his son will re-sign with the Warriors, and Golden State is expected to still offer Thompson a full five-year maximum contract.
Regardless of what team Thompson's on for 2019-20, Wojnarowski estimated that the three-time NBA champion could be out until February or March.
The Warriors or any team will be eager to have him back at full strength on the court. Prior to tearing his ACL in the third quarter, Thompson illustrated just how vital a player he is with 30 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field including 4-of-6 from three.
On the season, Thompson averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists.