My Reaction - HOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLIIIIIIEEEEEE S************************!!!!!!!!!!
Text Message from my roommate Norm - JASON THOMPSON!!!
Unreal. I've watched Jason play at Rider for the last 3 years, starting my academic career at Rider when Jason was a sophomore. But it wasn't until after his junior year that the NBA started looking at Thompson. The past two seasons in college, Thompson averaged aver 20 points and ten rebounds a game. You can say that yes, he played in the Metro Atlantic (MAAC) and never got a chance to play big time opposition, but you'd only be about half-right. What really attracted scouts to Thompson was his play at a LeBron James' Skills Camp last summer. A 6-11 forward was guarding Lebron 1-on-1, and holding his own. How can a big man play defense against one of the best players in the NBA? Who is this kid? Well, Jason Thompson signed with Rider as a junior at Lenape HS in NJ. He was signed as a 6-5 SF. He grew into a 6-11 beast during his college career. And the best part, he grew up as a shooting guard. Meaning, this 6-11 PF/C can handle the ball, hit mid-range jumpers, play post and perimeter defense and run the floor. Athletically he is a freak and I am excited to now have an NBA team to follow.
So let's run through the checklist I made earlier -
Change CBS profile - Make Kings NBA Favorite (Celtics/Ray Allen dropped to preferred) - Check
Write Blog Entry about Draft Night - In prgoress
Buy Jersey/Hat from
Look-up dates of Kings games in Philly/NJ/NY - Later (again, potential trade)
Thanks to the Ray Allen trade last NBA Draft (Seattle/Boston), I've watched more NBA games last season than I have in the rest of my life. I've always been a stickler for the college game. The passion, the energy, the defense...but maybe, just maybe, the NBA will grow on me a little bit now.
Oh yeah, almost forgot...
GO KINGS IN 2008-2009!!!