David Thompson Rumors
David Thompson: When I got past 60 — definitely at age 61, maybe at 62 — I could still dunk when I wanted to. But I’ve had a knee replacement, and I’m probably going to need another one. So I don’t try to dunk now. The doctors have told me not to attempt it, and I’m trying to preserve whatever I’ve got left. (Pauses) Actually, I probably could still dunk if I wanted to. But I don’t want to chance it.
In 2009, Michael Jordan had to pick a previous hall of famer to give his presentation speech when he went into the hall and he chose you. Were you surprised? David Thompson: Yes and no. I knew how Michael felt about me and how I was an inspiration for him in his career. But there were so many other North Carolina guys in the hall of fame, and I went to North Carolina State. So it was a little bit surprising that he picked me. I was very happy about it and was really honored to be a part of his day.
How did you compare to Zion Williamson as a dunker? David Thompson: Zion is more of a power dunker. He’s got the bulk and the size and the weight, and he can really get up high. I probably could maneuver more in the air. But Zion is awesome. I really like him. Plus he plays for my cousin’s team (Alvin Gentry, Thompson’s cousin, is the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans). Alvin and I grew up together. We sang in the church choir together. We were like brothers at one point.
Tim Reynolds: Tonight: D’Angelo Russell, 52 in a loss and Damian Lillard, 60 in a loss. On April 9, 1978, George Gervin had 63 in a loss and David Thompson had 73, also in a loss. That’s the only other day in NBA history where two players scored 50 in losses.
Micah Adams: Stephen Curry had as many or more 35-point games that series as the following players had in their entire playoff careers: – Ray Allen – Chris Mullin – Patrick Ewing – Adrian Dantley – Pete Maravich – James Worthy – David Robinson – Steve Nash – David Thompson – Kevin Garnett