Stephen Curry told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears that learning of Thompson's torn Achilles was a "gut punch" and led to "a lot of tears."
"You feel for a guy who has worked so hard to get back on the court two-three weeks out of [training camp] and something like that happens," Curry said. "You need to have a big-picture mentality when something like this happens. It's easier said than done going through a lot of rehab, but there is a lot of time left in his career. We're going to be there through it all."
The recent history of NBA players suffering major Achilles injuries doesn't provide a ton of optimism. However, Breanna Stewart missed the 2019 WNBA season because of a torn Achilles and returned in 2020 to finish second in the MVP voting while guiding the Seattle Storm to a championship.
Kevin Durant and John Wall will help to provide guides for what to expect from Thompson when he returns as well. They were both out for the entirety of 2019-20 after undergoing surgery on their Achilles.
The concern for Thompson is compounded by the fact he hasn't suited up for the Warriors since the 2019 NBA Finals, when he tore his ACL in Game 6. By the time he's back on the court, he will have been on the shelf for two full seasons.
Replacing Thompson was impossible for the Warriors, especially so close to the start of the regular season on Dec. 22. The timing of his injury at least allowed Golden State to use a trade exception to acquire Kelly Oubre Jr. from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In the wake of Thompson's Achilles tear, some are calling time on a dynastic run that included five straight Finals runs and three titles. The Warriors showed by adding Oubre they're still focused on maximizing their championship window for as long as they can.