HoopsHype Mychal Thompson rumors

August 23, 2014 Updates
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Warriors guard Klay Thompson understands that trade discussions involving him and Minnesota’s Kevin Love are part of the business and has the “right attitude,” Mychal Thompson, his father, told NBC Sports Radio on Saturday. “He’s got the right attitude,” Mychal said. “He’s not getting personally offended by his name being rumored to go someplace. He understands that unless your name is LeBron James or it’s Kevin Durant, anybody could be thrown into a trade or talked about in a trade. “So he’s got a professional approach about it, and if he ends up with the Lakers, great. He’ll make the most of it. He’ll be thrilled to be (in Los Angeles). But if he stays with Golden State, then he’ll be happy to stay up there with those guys. If he got traded to Minnesota? I told him, ‘Hey, you get to play with Ricky Rubio, the best passer in the game.’” Contra Costa Times

June 20, 2014 Updates

"It's disappointing, because Klay and I have been talking about this all summer and the possibility of this happening, as far as him and Kevin being together on the same team – along with Steph Curry," Mychal Thompson said. "And he was really looking forward to that. He thought that if you added Love to the Splash Brothers, with (Andrew) Bogut and (Andre) Iguodala, they had a chance . . . to get to the West finals next year. CSNBayArea.com

June 19, 2014 Updates

The potential trade, as described by Mychal Thompson, is this: Klay Thompson, forward David Lee and a future No. 1 pick (probably 2015) would go to the Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love and guard Kevin Martin. "My source knows what's going on up there (in Oakland)," Thompson said Thursday morning on the air of ESPN LA 710. "And since this guy told me that this is really close to happening, it just kind of depressed me." CSNBayArea.com

"It's disappointing, because Klay and I have been talking about this all summer and the possibility of this happening, as far as him and Kevin being together on the same team – along with Steph Curry," Mychal Thompson said. "And he was really looking forward to that. He thought that if you added Love to the Splash Brothers, with (Andrew) Bogut and (Andre) Iguodala, they had a chance . . . to get to the West finals next year. If this happens, I'm going to have to talk him down off the ledge." CSNBayArea.com

April 27, 2014 Updates

The NBA doesn't want its playoffs overshadowed by the growing controversy over racially insensitive comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in an audiotape. But keeping it on the front burner Sunday, former Los Angeles Lakers center Mychal Thompson said black fans should stay away from Game 5 in the Golden State Warriors-Clippers series scheduled Tuesday at Los Angeles' Staples Center. "I think there will be thousands of empty seats," talk show host Thompson said on the radio Sunday on Los Angeles' 710 ESPN. Sterling "has said he doesn't want black people at his games, so I expect them to stay away." USA Today Sports

April 13, 2014 Updates

"It's unfortunate for those franchises if they don't make it," ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said. "But the league, just because of how it's grown and the depth of teams and organizations, I don't think it's a major deal either. Those teams have proven to be great organizations, and they'll be in the playoffs in the near future and in the short term, once in a while to not have them in doesn't impact the playoffs negatively at all." That view isn't shared by everyone. Lakers radio analyst Mychael Thompson, who was part of some Showtime championships, disagreed. "It's horrible for the NBA that those markets may not be in the playoffs," Thompson said. "The NBA is a lot healthier business when those franchises are competing for championships, and they'll get back there." USA Today Sports

November 1, 2013 Updates
September 20, 2012 Updates

Mychal Thompson: Respected Kevin McHale immensely. When I first met him as a freshman at Minnesota, I realized how talented and special a player he was. He was a very confident player and carried that over into the NBA. One of my favorite players to go against because I had so much respect for him and his abilities. He was a great winner, and we will always be good friends off the court. Now on the court, we wanted to kill each other [laughs]. I had a lot of respect for him and he was one of the toughest guys I had to go against. SLAM

SLAM: You won back-to-back chips; you have seen so many big Playoff matchups, tell us the most intense game you ever participated in the postseason. MT: I can’t say an exact game, but I would say our series against the Pistons was very physical. The game back then was just so rugged. It has been cleaned up now and they have stopped a lot of the physical play. The flagrant ones and twos they call were just regular fouls they called in the ’80s. So when you played against a physical and smart frontline like the Pistons, sometimes I felt like the only thing missing was shoulder pads and helmets. SLAM

June 4, 2012 Updates

The Lakers announced Monday they signed radio play-by-play announcer John Ireland and color analyst Mychal Thompson to multi-year contract extensions. Ireland just completed his first season at the mic after serving as a TV sideline reporter for many seasons. Thompson, who played on the Lakers' NBA championship teams in 1987 and '88, will begin his 10th season as a radio analyst in 2012-13. Los Angeles Daily News

April 5, 2012 Updates

The Lakers have agreed to multiyear deals with broadcasters Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz, making them the centerpiece of the team's move to a newly created Time Warner Cable channel next season, The Times has learned. Macdonald is in his first year as the Lakers' play-by-play announcer, and Lantz is in his 25th year as their color commentator. After a decades-long partnership with Fox Sports West and Channel 9, the Lakers begin a 20-year deal with Time Warner Cable next season. It could be extended to 25 years and total more than $5 billion if the Lakers pick up an option for five more years in 2032. Macdonald was on a one-year contract this season after replacing Joel Meyers and becoming the Lakers' third play-by-play announcer since Chick Hearn. Radio broadcasters John Ireland and Mychal Thompson are also expected to be retained next season by the Lakers, though nothing has been finalized. Los Angeles Times

February 6, 2012 Updates

Sam Amico: Actually, it's official: Cavs have waived Mychel Thompson. He started past 3 games. Twitter

November 23, 2011 Updates

As the NBA lockout moves toward December and the prospect of more canceled games, including the league's Christmas showcase, looms larger, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Baron Davis says he hasn't yet lost faith a resolution can be found. "I'm optimistic. I'm very optimistic that there will be a season," he told 710 ESPN's John Ireland and Mychal Thompson. "You've just got to keep hoping, and just keep waiting patiently, and I think that both sides will figure it out." ESPN.com

November 18, 2011 Updates

Former Washington State star Klay Thompson, frustrated with the NBA lockout that has delayed his pro debut, has expressed increased interest in taking his game to Europe as long as NBA arenas remain dark. “He’s more interested in the European option now that they continue to postpone the start of the season,” Thompson’s father, ex- NBA star Mychal Thompson, said Thursday. “He’s tired of waiting around, so if he gets a decent offer to go across the pond (Atlantic Ocean), I think he’ll take it.” Scout.com

October 20, 2011 Updates

Mychal Thompson, former No. 1 overall pick of Portland who went on to win some rings with the Showtime Lakers, is among that majority. He spoke about it during a promotional push for Radioflag.com (more on it below). “Sure the players have to protect their interests… but from a players perspective, if I was in the league now, I’d think a 50/50 split is fair,” Thompson told ProBasketballTalk. “You work out the particulars from there. I don’t see how it cannot be worked out because there’s common ground. “Okay, so (the players) don’t get everything we want, we sort of got all the gravy the last 10 years, now it’s time to readjust, reassess things and we may have to give back some money. But my goodness, we’re still going to be making a lot of money even if we have to take a 10 to 12 percent pay cut.” NBCSports.com

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