Exclusively on his Kings.com blog, Jason Thompson dishes on the team’s preseason progress and motto. Plus, No. 34’s review on a recent blockbuster and more.
What’s up, Kings fans?
It’s great to be back blogging.
Blogging originally became a passion of mine as a rookie because it gives me an opportunity to share with fans a more in-depth look at my life – and there’s more space to write than on Twitter or Instagram!
A lot of fans ask me, ‘What’s going on?” or ‘What’s it like to be in the NBA and have your dream come true?’ so when time permits, I like to share what my daily or weekly routine consists of, so everyone, including kids in grade school, can see what life in the NBA is like.
Although the blog has been on hold for a short while, I’m excited to be back at it, and I hope you enjoy what I have to say.
Kings All Day
I’m thrilled to be in Sacramento, having re-signed with the Kings for five more years, and I’m glad all of you have embraced me with open arms. I hope to see all of you at our home games so we can continue to make it one of the toughest places to play in the NBA. If our home crowd is great, we can be in contention to get into the Playoffs.
I’m happy we came back home safely after having training camp in Colorado earlier this month. I think the best part is guys came back well conditioned. We’re all doing things that are important: everyone’s taking care of their body, hiring a chef, eating healthy and getting in the gym early. We have the motto of being a family – if you’re early, you’re on time, and if you’re on time, you’re late. Everyone’s done a good job of following it and getting extra work in with their coaches, whether it’s a big man or guard coach.
I think going into our first preseason game, everyone came in with a good mindset – knowing we can score on paper, but we need to have a defensive mentality. I think for the most part we did pretty well. It was our first preseason game and we came out with a ‘W.’ Everyone was in the paint, which is where we want to limit our points allowed, and we defended well overall.
Personally, I drove the ball a lot but would like to have earned more trips to the free-throw line. Overall, I think in the minutes I played, I made shots when I had to and defended well. I’m working on staying consistent, and I know I need to stay out of foul trouble. I’m always working on my game. I’m getting work in before practice, getting work in after practice and keeping the same motto I’ve always had.
Going forward, we have to keep on building. Our next opponent is Portland, and we’ll have had four days to prepare since our last game. I think we need to get reps in, keep the intensity going and stay hungry. We know we haven’t accomplished anything yet, but it’s good to see positive things on film and correct the negatives.
I bought a new house out in Roseville and I’m getting a pool put in soon. I’ve had my parents and my aunt, who are trying to become interior designers, help me out, and hopefully they can get their own business started. My father helped me out with the electronics and my mom and my aunt with the furniture. Obviously, it’s a little bit of a longer drive than being in Natomas, but it’s well worth it.
Everyone often says movie sequels are better than the original. I look back at “Bad Boys II” and think it was better than the first. With “Taken 2,” I like the first movie more. The second was still intense and I liked the plot but didn’t think it was as good. I think with the way it ended though – spoiler alert – there might be a third one. I give it a 6.5 or 7.0 out of 10, and I’d give the first one an 8.0.
What did you think of “Taken 2?”
I started the Jason Thompson Foundation, which is going to reflect more on the American Heart Association, in honor of my cousin, Tiffany, who passed away with a certain heart condition a few years ago. I’m looking forward to the foundation’s upcoming events, so please be on the lookout for updates.
For more info about my life, including videos, photos and lots of news, check out my website: JT34.com.
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