HoopsHype Tristan Thompson rumors

December 30, 2011 Updates

SLAM: Kyrie Irving has said that on lob passes he sees your whole hand up over the box on the backboard. Can you talk about exactly how high it is you can jump, can you make change off the top of that thing if you wanted too? Tristan Thompson: (Laughs) Can I make change off the top of the backboard? I don’t know, but I think I’m pretty close. I can definitely touch the top of the square, that’s for sure. But I don’t know, I guess it’s just my jumping ability along with my long wing span which definitely helps me do that. Kyrie always says that if he throws up a lob he knows I’m definitely gonna catch it. But I’m just thankful to be athletically gifted by the grace of God, and I’m just trying to use that to my strength. SLAM

SLAM: Can you talk about how valuable it’s been for you, and Kyrie as well, to be able to come into this NBA process together on the same team? Tristan Thompson: I think that we have an advantage over the other Rookies who are coming into the NBA this year because of that. First of all, me and Kyrie had a prior relationship before we were drafted, so having two friends being able to get drafted to the same team, and two guys who were able to be there for each other during the roller coaster of this past lockout, has definitely helped out a lot. And now, with Kyrie playing with the first team, and me coming in with the second team, we’re really able to come in and feed off each other’s energy when we’re out there playing. SLAM

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Mary Schmitt Boyer/Tom Reed: #Cavs have begun talking to agents for Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson. Those deals should get done before opening of camp on Dec. 9 Twitter

December 1, 2011 Updates

The organization would also love to get Nash involved again and Nash appears to be playing along a bit. He has been exchanging messages via Twitter with various up-and-coming Canadian players, including first-round picks Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph, point guards Myck Kabongo and Kevin Pangos and Andrew Wiggins, considered the best Canadian prospect since Nash himself. “I would love to have him involved in this program in whatever way makes sense to him at whatever point makes sense to him. It would be a very significant step forward for the entire program,” Parrish said. Toronto Sun

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But the NBA lockout has put everything on hold. So Thompson, who left school for the pros after wrapping up his freshman year last spring, is back as a full-time student, at least for as long as the NBA owners and players can't agree on how to divide $3.82 billion in revenue. His three adjectives? "Funny, intelligent, and swaggy." His last proves the first, and gets a laugh from classmates in one of the four courses he's taking on his way to a degree in communications and one day, perhaps, a career in broadcasting. Basketball can wait; for now Thompson is a maturing student learning a very different set of lessons. SportsNet

It is barely past 10 a.m. and the temperature has already cracked 100° F in the drought-ridden Texas hill country. Thompson is riding the Crossing Place bus through campus, on his way to class from the first of what are often two daily workouts, dabbing his forehead and neck with a towel. This morning was an individual skills session run by Chris Babcock, an assistant coach with the Texas Longhorns and son of former Toronto Raptors GM Rob Babcock (Thompson, a Raptors fan, still rips Chris about his dad's trade of Vince Carter). While he's having a hard time handling the heat, Thompson has no problem fitting in as a student. Today, he's wearing a plain white T-shirt, baggy basketball shorts and old-school Chuck Taylors. Hints of the NBA player-to-be are his understated black diamond earrings ("Big jewellery is done," he says) and a tan MCM leather knapsack, only available in high-end shops like Saks Fifth Avenue. "My little treat," he says. SportsNet

Thompson shot just 48.7 percent from the free-throw line, indicative of shooting fundamentals requiring renovation. He converted an impressive 54.6 percent of his shots from the floor, but that total was swelled by dunks and put-backs, the product of his athleticism and hustle. Easy baskets are harder to come by in the NBA, however, so being automatic from 15 feet is essential. It's potentially worth $50 million over the course of his career, and he knows it. "Before my jumper used to be a sling shot; it was like a throw. Now it looks like a jump shot. It looks pretty," he says. "That's the thing about a jump shot. You have to be constantly repping it and repping it the right way. It's better to shoot 100 shots the right way than 200 the wrong way." SportsNet

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The lofty selection came after Thompson averaged 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds in his one season in the NCAA, leading the Longhorns to the third round of the March Madness tournament where they were ousted in a one-point loss to Arizona. But his NBA career has been put on the backburner with no end to the labour dispute in sight, swapping his playbook for textbooks. "My mom (Andrea) told me if you're going to leave school to go to the draft, and there is a lockout, I need you to go back to school and continue on with your degree," Thompson said in a phone interview from Austin. "I was all for it. You can't say no to your mom." He's working toward a communications degree, and hopes to get into sports broadcasting. Thompson is also working as TSN

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While the lockout is painful for everybody, no one is left in a state of limbo more than the game's youngest players. Rookies barely know their new coaches or teammates, they've never experienced the intensity of a professional game and unlike their counterparts, they haven't been paid. Tristan Thompson, the fourth overall pick in the June draft, has decided to turn back the clock. The future Cleveland Cavalier has returned to the University of Texas and plans on enrolling in classes this fall. "Once the lockout started, I talked with my agent and we decided I should go back to school," Thompson said. "The Texas doors are always open. I'm basically doing everything with the [Texas] team this summer." SI.com

Thompson hasn't gotten a chance to meet all of his teammates though he knows fellow Cavs rookie Kyrie Irving well. His biggest complaint about the lockout is that he's only spoken briefly with Cavs coach Byron Scott and his assistants. This silence is especially tough on younger players who don't have as many contacts around the league. "Nobody from the players' association has reached out to me," Thompson said. "Everything I've heard has been through my agent and a few veteran guys like Baron Davis. I'm in the dark like everybody else." While this summer hasn't been an ideal introduction to the NBA for the young power forward, he's diplomatic about his situation. "I've been living 20 years without NBA checks. It's not going to change my life. I'm not going to buy a house or a Bentley or anything. I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing." SI.com

July 24, 2011 Updates

We hope this isn’t how it’s going to be with Tristan Thompson. We hope he has more sense than this, more feeling of country and his own development as player and person. When the men’s national team began training camp this week for Olympic qualifying in basketball, the Canadian forward, selected fourth in the NBA draft was nowhere to be found. And there was no indication he planned on showing up for camp or to play for Team Canada, this summer or next. According to his agent, Thompson will not attend the Canadian camp because he is tired from pre-draft workouts and is taking some classes at University of Texas. Toronto Sun

June 27, 2011 Updates

Alex Kennedy: Before the draft, @Tristan Thompson said that the one player he wanted to dunk on was Kyrie Irving. Kyrie better watch his back in practice. Twitter

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