In his latest blog, Jason Thompson dishes on Sacramento’s recent road trip, playing through a chipped tooth and much more, exclusively on Kings.com.
What’s going on, Kings fans? I’m excited to be back at it.
We recently came back from our first long road trip of the season. We picked up our first win away from home in Portland, winning by 19 in a tough atmosphere. The game was shown on NBA TV, so we had a national audience and really played well. All of the guys stepped up, and it was definitely a confidence booster for us.
Obviously, the trip would’ve been better if we’d picked up a few more wins, but it was still great for team bonding.
Going forward, we need to look at the film and correct our mistakes. For the most part, we’re playing good defense, but the offense has to keep moving, we have to make the extra pass and have faith in each other. Sometimes, when things aren’t going well, everyone has the tendency to make one pass and take one shot, and we know that’s not the way to be successful. Hopefully, we can bounce back and get a win against the Warriors on Wednesday.
For the first time in my career, we stayed in each city the night after the game on the road trip, so I had a chance to explore a little bit more than usual. I hung out with Francisco Garcia, Tyreke Evans and a few other teammates, as well as some of my local friends.
We went to several nice restaurants – I like to mix it up, so we had everything from seafood to steak to sushi.
Since Milwaukee is only about an hour and 45 minutes away from Chicago, I had some friends come from the Windy City. I also had family members visit while we were in Dallas for two days.
As I was battling for a rebound against the Bucks, Tobias Harris inadvertently elbowed me in the face and knocked out almost my entire front tooth. It was the first time that’s ever happened in my life. I was bleeding a little bit, but I played through it – I blocked a shot in the process, even with the tooth in my hand! I then gave it to our trainer, Pete Youngman, and he held on to it until after the game.
Even though I was upset with what happened and it felt a little crazy to continue playing with a chipped tooth, that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make to try to help my team win.
Luckily, I went to the dentist the next morning and had the tooth fixed.
As many of you know, I’m a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan. They’ve had a tough year, but Andy Reid is a great coach who’s in a tough situation with three of his best offensive players injured in Mike Vick, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. I want to wish the team the best, and hope they close out the season on a strong note.
In Dallas, I actually hung out with a few Cowboys fans, and surprisingly had a good time.
Since we’re traveling to Portland the day after Christmas, I won’t get a chance to go home and see my family, but I’m sure we’ll still Skype and talk over FaceTime.
I’m excited about the holidays because my brother is coming home from Belgium for a week or so, and even though we’ll be apart, I’m looking forward to giving gifts to my family members and seeing the look on their faces.
The holidays are definitely not the same now, since we don’t have a chance to do all of our usual family traditions, but I’ll still have fun being with friends and teammates.
I ‘d like to wish Happy Holidays to all Kings fans out there.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sandy Hook Elementary School victims and families. God only knows what they’re going through right now, and I pray everyone stays strong. Make sure to spend time with your loved ones, give them a kiss and tell them you love them.
Thanks as always for checking out my blog, and I’ll be back next month with another update.