JT’s Blog: Playing for Packed House
By: Jason Thompson
What's up, Kings fans?
We've had an up-and-down season so far, but we're excited and optimistic after picking up back-to-back wins over the Suns and playing a pair of hard-fought games in L.A.
We know we haven't been shooting the ball well, but there will be games when that happens during the year, so defense, rebounding and taking care of the ball have to be the keys for us. We're always trying to learn the gameplan to try to stop the opponent, and getting our first road win in Phoenix was definitely a big and important step in our development. For us to get the seventh or eighth seed in the Playoffs, we need to take care of home cooking in addition to getting more wins on the road.
Thank You, Fans!
The emotion on opening night was crazy! The video tributes were amazing and it was really cool to see our first-ever "purple-out." Everyone came out and supported us, including Vivek, Shaq and many of our owners. It's nearly impossible to lose a game when you have that type of atmosphere. Personally, I didn't have the best game, but it's not how you start, it's how you finish. To get the put-back to seal the win in the final seconds meant a lot to me, and it capped off an amazing night perfectly.
We then had another emotional game when we played Detroit on national TV, when fans broke the world record for loudest indoor crowd roar. It was crazy because we're the home team, but we could barely even hear Coach in the timeouts when everyone was screaming to break the record three times! To be a part of that was definitely special. Even though we didn't get the 'W' that night, it was great to see so much support from the fans who've been with us since Day 1.
I recently had a chance to compete in a dance-off with News10 Chief Meteorologist Monica Woods, which was a really fun experience – and not to mention, a great extra workout. I knew it would be tough, but despite being 6-foot-11 with size 18 shoes, I still have some rhythm! Although I've never taken professional classes, I practiced Zumba, Merengue and Bachata in high school and college.
I thought the contest would be laid-back and leisurely, but it ended up being very spirited and competitive. Two "Dancing with the Stars" pros taught us a few in-depth techniques during a half-hour span, and then it was time to perform our routines. It was definitely a great time, and something I wouldn't mind looking into in my life after basketball.
I recently saw "The Best Man Holiday" – the sequel to 1999's "The Best Man" – which stars a lot of big names, including Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard and Morris Chestnut. In addition to having plenty of funny parts and laughs, I was surprised it also had some sad moments. Overall, it was a really good movie.
I also checked out "Bad Grandpa," which was funny from start to finish! I was dying laughing in the theater the whole time.
Earlier this month, I went to the Eagles vs. Raiders game in Oakland and had a great time. It was fun running into a few people I know, including Tony Bruno, who's a well-known Philadelphia sports talk radio host. I also saw lots of Kings and Warriors fans who already knew I was an Eagles fan by following me on Twitter.
It was fun being on hand to see Nick Foles – the backup quarterback – tie the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a game. The Eagles are racking up wins and starting to surprise some people, and hopefully they can win the division.
Throughout the holiday season, I'll be volunteering, giving out turkeys and participating in Toys for Tots. For more information, visit TheJasonThompsonFoundation.com, as well as look out for videos, photos and updates on JT34.net.
Thanks again for checking out my blog, Kings fans. We need your support as always at Sleep Train Arena, so be sure to come out and make it a packed house and one of the toughest places for opponents to play.