When Jason Thompson‘s name was called that evening at the 2008 NBA Draft, there was a collective “who” among the purple and black loyalists. While bigger names like LSU’s Anthony Randolph or Georgetown’s Roy Hibbert still sat on the board, Geoff Petrie did the most Geoff Petrie thing ever, taking the high motored player out of Rider University. Four years later, King fans have to be pretty happy with the results.
Now, entering his first year of free agency (although restricted), Jason Thompson sits and waits – waits for something to happen, be it from the Kings or another franchise hoping to snag away the rebounding machine. As Scott pointed out, the most likely of scenarios is that he’ll remain in the Capitol city, unless the Kings deem an offer too large for their liking, but for Thompson? He just wants to win, as he told his hometown NJ.com:
“It’s definitely frustrating,’’ Thompson said the other night just before three different games were about to start. “I want to still be playing. I would love to be in the playoffs.’’
“I just don’t want to be in a bad situation,’’ he said. “And I really do believe we have the talent to be a playoff team. As far as the city and fans go, I really like it, that’s not a problem at all. It’s great. We’re the only pro team in town; the fans are good to us. The thing is I just want to win.’’
Hard to blame Thompson, who’s saying all the right things. The fans, the city, they’re so supportive, despite the fact that they’re currently the child in the middle of an ugly divorce headed by the Maloofs. But eventually, for anybody, the losing gets to you – busting your butt every night, year after year, continually being on the wrong side of the score – one can only take so much. Hopefully for Thompson and fans, the losing will soon turn around and he’ll remain a King for the foreseeable future.