After catching up with Tyreke Evans last week, we’re happy to continue that theme by touching base with another member of the Sacramento Kings. Today, we welcomed Kings big man Jason Thompson to the program.
- During a workout session at the Kings practice facility in June, Thompson broke a toe in his right foot. With no access to Kings training staff during the lockout, JT has rehabbed on his own with a little help from the NFL. “Since I’m living in Philly in the offseason, I went through with the Eagles and used their doctors and facilities and had my agency get that done.”
- Thompson on his third NBA season: “Every year I look at it as trying to have high expectations. I just think last year that I didn’t have the opportunity that I thought I would have coming into the season. Not saying that as an excuse or anything like that. But I just know I learned different things, knowing that you could control only what you could control. I was happy that even though that there were bumpy times in the season, I know that I felt like I took it in the right matter – didn’t put my head down or anything like that. And then I finished on a good note.”
- On the emotional last home game at ARCO: “The fans still stayed after. They were cheering and I was just like ‘man I can’t go out like this.’ So after I showered and stuff, just came out and gave my respect. And who knew if that was the last time I could see Kings fans in this arena. You know, i f you can’t take 10, 15, 20 minutes out of your time, especially since that was the last game of the season to give your respects, then you really don’t have a respect for the game or the fans.”
One more additional note. Thompson has started a foundation with the goal of serving underprivileged youth. The L.I.V.E. Like JT (Learn, Imagine, Voice, Educate) campaign is just getting under way and a website is in the works. But if you’d like to learn more or find out how you can help, visit Thompson’s official website.
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Music Credit: Ronald Jenkees – Guitar Sound