Kings forward Jason Thompson provides details on an important fundraiser, dishes on his March Madness picks and more.
Hey, Kings fans! It’s great to be back at it again.
The season is quickly winding down, and we’re looking to finish on a great note.
We’ve been able to take care of some recent home cooking, picking up a pair of good wins against the Clippers and Timberwolves, as well as had some good road victories.
The last time we played in Oakland, we lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds, so we definitely wanted redemption in our battle by the bay last week. We gutted out a back-and-forth game, and won the season series 3-1.
After defeating Golden State, we went straight to Phoenix for our back-to-back against the Suns. Although we couldn’t really enjoy the nice weather in the Valley of the Sun, we started the game off hot from the opening tip. DeMarcus had a big night and everyone stepped up and made big plays to help us pick up a convincing road win.
After a day off to relax and recuperate, we came out with a good start on Saturday against L.A., going up by double-digits in the first quarter. But you can never count out a veteran team like the Lakers, and unfortunately, we couldn’t pull out the W in the end.
No matter what, we’re putting in our best effort and going 110 percent every single night.
Red Night Out
I’m very happy to announce my foundation is teaming up with the American Heart Association for Red Night Out on April 7 to help raise awareness about heart disease. It’s a very important cause to me because my cousin passed away at the age of 25 from a heart condition.
I’ve previously held charity functions in N.J. and Philly. More recently, I held one at a local Sacramento school at an event called Hoop for Hearts where I shared a little bit about my story and the importance of eating healthy foods and staying fit.
Fans can purchase tickets to our game on Sunday against the Grizzlies through the following link – Red Night Out – that includes a postgame meet & greet with me, as well as a limited edition JT bobblehead. I invite everyone to wear red and show his or her support for the great cause.
I have to say, it’s definitely cool and humbling to have my own bobblehead since I used to collect them as a kid.
Also, if you’re a college basketball fan, make sure to be on the lookout for me during the Final Four, as I had the exciting opportunity to talk about my foundation’s efforts in a special segment that will air on CBS.
Final Four Picks
Speaking of March Madness, I filled out an NCAA Tournament Bracket, but my picks haven’t panned out that well.
Even though I’m from the Philly area, I didn’t have LaSalle making the Sweet 16, and I didn’t have Florida Gulf Coast winning. I did initially pick Oregon to win in the first round, but I changed my mind at the last second. One of my former coaches, Dane Fischer, is an associate head coach at Bucknell now, and I’m glad the Bison had a great year, despite the tough loss to Butler.
As far as my Final Four picks, the team I chose to win it all – Indiana – lost to Syracuse in the Sweet 16, and of my other selections, only Louisville, my new championship favorite, is still going strong. But that’s what makes college basketball so interesting this year – it seems as if all season long, a team was No. 1 for a day-and-a-half before losing.
I recently saw “The Call” with Halle Berry, which is a pretty good movie with some unexpected twists. I won’t spoil too much, but I didn’t like the ending and thought it could’ve been a tad better overall.
I appreciate everyone taking a timeout to read my blog and getting to know me as a basketball player and person. Thank you for your comments, and thanks also to everyone who’s reached out to me with questions and input on Twitter and Instagram. I’m always happy to connect with my fans in any way I can.