HoopsHype Tristan Thompson rumors

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Irving and Thompson say they don't worry about how their ties to James are viewed because they weren't with the organization when he left it. They may have to deliver doughnuts to the veterans before every home shoot-around, but they don't carry the LeBron baggage. "I think most fans understand that you can't, I guess, fault a kid because I wasn't here at that time," Thompson said. Irving said he's approached his first season unencumbered by thoughts of being the man who followed the man. He just hopes to return the Cavs to contender status as soon as possible. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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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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Tristan Thompson is just fine with being perhaps the most ignored No. 4 overall draft pick in NBA history. “I got nothing to worry about,” Thompson said, laughing. “The pressure’s on Kyrie.” FOXSportsOhio

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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

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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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