If you’ve ever shopped online for sporting goods – be it equipment, accessories or clothing, you’re likely aware of Eastbay.
The ‘Athletics Sportsource’ as they refer to themselves have just about anything you could ever dream of sports related, including Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson who recently was named as one of their newest ‘Field Testers’.
JT appeared on Eastbay’s blog, complete with a tricked out Bentley promoting some new Nike content being sold by the online retailer.
After excelling at another small school, Thompson’s skills and upside made him a lottery prospect in the 2008 NBA Draft, when he was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 12 overall pick. In his rookie season, he worked his way into the starting lineup and led the Kings in total rebounds. He’d go on to replicate the feat in his second year, increasing his averages in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks. After two more solid campaigns, the Kings re-signed Thompson to a five-year contract extension in July 2012.
Now in his fifth season, a lot has changed for Thompson in Sacramento. In five years, the team has been through five different coaches, five different visions, taken on new management and avoided the possibility of relocation. The constant? His willingness to work as hard as possible to be a winner in the league.
It’s just another stepping stone back to relevance for the Kings as Thompson joins Isaiah Thomas who recently appeared in a national commercial for Reebok.