After a successful week of training camp and a decisive preseason victory over the Phoenix Suns, one thing is clear in the Kingdom: Chemistry appears to be a historic high in this modern era of Kings basketball.
Between the mystery of who will start and who will play where the start of the regular season will come, clips emerge on and off the field that reveal a bigger, perhaps more meaningful image, and the veteran leading the charge in many. these videos is none other than freshman king Tristan Thompson.
Thompson’s stoppage on the Boston Celtics didn’t seem to be going well from a “freezing” standpoint, with rumors around the organization that he wasn’t exactly a big presence in the locker room. Add that to his struggles with NBA health and safety protocols, and it’s safe to call Thompson’s low season in Boston a failure.
Prior to his Boston pit stop, however, Thompson spent his entire NBA tenure in Cleveland, with four of those eight seasons alongside LeBron James. In 2016, the Cavaliers won their first-ever championship with Thompson as the starting center.
On media day, Thompson told reporters he was “on the other side” of strong veteran leadership and felt it was his job to “pay forward” for the bright future. from this list.
“I think it’s fair to take what I’ve learned from [LeBron] and pass it on to the younger generation and our stars who are coming to this league. Thompson said. “When D. Fox, Tyrese and Davion get to my age, they pass it on to the next. [generation] and that’s how you keep the league at a high level.
Another member of that 2016 championship roster was a beloved figure in Sacramento. During the 2018-19 season, Iman Shumpert brought great personality and positive morale to De’Aaron Fox and second-year rookie Marvin Bagley III, often labeled by Kings fans as the last ‘fun’ race. in recent memory.
It was #PurpleTalk, it was the Sacramento scores and it was a lot of fun to watch.
Shumpert’s abrupt departure during the 2019 trade deadline was a headache for Kings fans as this team never seemed to recover from his absence. Thompson says Shumpert was “huge” in the Cleveland Championship race and he plans to bring back the good things Shumpert left behind in Sacramento.
“[Shumpert] coming here and working hard and doing what he’s doing was awesome, so I’m just going to keep that going, keep that up and keep building. Thompson said.
Kings fans will be eagerly awaiting to see if another Cav can come through Sactown and bring in the energy the team so badly needs.