No player on the current roster has experienced more turmoil than Jason Thompson.
The power forward has went through relocation rumors (dating back to Anaheim), an absurd amount of coaching changes, trade rumors and an ownership change – all of this while dealing with a team that has yet to post a winning record since he was drafted.
Needless to say, he’s been through a lot and now that the Kings seemingly have light at the end of the tunnel, Thompson has seen his playing time reduced as the Kings attempt to gauge their roster for next season.
It’s been frustrating for the former Rider product who vented to the Bee’s Jason Jones.
Kings coach Michael Malone described forward Jason Thompson’s season as “frustrating.”
Thompson said that’s a nice way to describe his sixth season with the Kings.
“That might not even be to the extreme of how I feel,” Thompson said. “To say that I’m happy, I probably wouldn’t be telling the truth. Some of the things are out of my control and sometimes you’re put in situations where it’s tough to succeed. But in a way, I’m being the ultimate pro and taking what comes to me every day.”
In fairness, it’s difficult to disagree with either Malone or Thompson.
The power forward has given his all to Sacramento – choosing to remain with the franchise when a lot of players wouldn’t have. Yes, he was rewarded for it financially but he could’ve taken a smaller deal elsewhere had he wanted to. But to Malone’s point, you’d hope that Thompson would have more consistency at this point of his career.
Frustrated or not, unlike many in a ‘me first’ league, Thompson has continued to be professional about it all.