Jason Thompson provides his thoughts on the team’s recent trade, dishes on how he spent the All-Star break and much more.
What’s up, Kings fans? I’m back for another blog.
As I’m sure you’ve heard, we made a big trade on Wednesday, picking up three great players from the Rockets in Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas. I’ve played against all of them, so I’m familiar with their respective games, and I’m looking forward to getting to know them more on and off the court. They bring youth and make us more of a run-and-gun team, and I’m sure they’ll help us a lot going forward.
With Francisco in Houston, I’m now the longest tenured player on the team, and I’m grateful for all of his help. I texted him and said, “Good luck. I wish you the best, and thanks for showing me the ropes.”
I’m sure Thomas and Tyler – two young guys with a lot of potential – were surprised by the move. I told them, “It was great having you on the team. Keep your head up, and good luck.”
During the All-Star break, I went back to Philadelphia and New Jersey for the long weekend and had a great time hanging out with family and friends. It was important to get away from the game of basketball for a short while, even though I made sure to still work out, lift and put up some shots in the gym.
In years past, I’d gone to the All-Star Game, but this time, I wanted to spend as much time as I could being around loved ones. I ended up inviting everyone to my condo in Philly, and brought in catered food, different types of juices and delicious desserts. It was great to see a lot of friends – many of whom I hadn’t seen in months – all in one place.
I also surprised my alma mater, Rider University, by attending their game on Feb. 17, where I enjoyed catching up with old friends and classmates. The contest was shown on ESPN3 and I was interviewed at halftime on the broadcast. This summer, I’m really excited to play in the first Rider Alumni Game on June 8.
We’re now on the road again for a key five-game trip. We’ll be playing in a few very tough environments, so watching film of our previous games and learning from our past mistakes will be crucial to our success.
I’m looking forward to playing in Atlanta tonight, since my mom, dad and my aunt from my mom’s side are all in town. Not only will I enjoy some home cooked meals, but they’ll also get to show their support for me at the game. When my family is in attendance, I usually have some of my best nights on the court.
I try to keep the same daily routine on gamedays. If we have shootaround at 10 a.m., I wake up around 8:30 a.m. and eat a hearty breakfast. On Tuesday, for instance, my chef prepared an omelet, potatoes and Canadian bacon. After shootaround, I grab lunch, which is usually a meal including pasta or grilled chicken.
After I iron my clothes for the night, I take a nap for at least an hour and a half, shower and get ready to head to the arena. Before I leave, I make sure to grab something to eat from my kitchen or leave enough time to stop by a local restaurant.
I haven’t had a chance to watch many movies lately, but I really enjoyed the Michael Jordan sit-down interview with Ahmad Rashad, Charles Barkley’s 50th birthday show and the Bill Russell special on NBA TV. All three legends had incredible careers, of course, and there’s so much I can learn from each of them.
I also recently caught up on the new season of “Love and Hip-Hop,” which is a pretty interesting show.
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