The NBA star Tristan Thompson has hit a new low – and it has nothing to do with his off-court cheating allegations with Khloe Kardashian.
The once important part of the Cleveland Cavaliers finals run, Thompson, a former lottery pick, was benched in the 100-97 Game 2 Eastern Conference first round victory against Indiana Pacers on Thursday (AEST). Thompson, Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic were the only Cavalier players who could not record one minute's play time.
Osman and Zizic are not shocking exclusions – Duo is both young Europeans with no playoff experience – making Thompson's benching beautiful storyteller. Particularly in view of his relationship with LeBron James, who largely orchestrated Thompson's five-year $ 106 million extension in 2015, when he publicly pushed for a Thompson contract while the two shared an agent.
In 2015, it seemed like a win-win – the Cavaliers won and James was happy. Now Thompson is cemented on the Cavs bench, and this contract will saddle Cavaliers & # 39; Immediate future whether James is a part of it or not. The Cavaliers owe him $ 47 million over the next two years before he will become an unlimited free agent in 2020.
Prior to playoffs Cavalier's main feature Tyronn Lue said he was going to use a deep 10-man bench to playoffs, which apparently would make Thompson, a member of Cavs's last four finals, an opportunity outside the bench, especially with his playoff experience. The extended bench does not reach Thompson, where his only appearance comes in two runaway minutes in the 98-80 Game 1 loss to Indiana.
How has Thompson been a non-factor? He sustained his first injury-marred season in the NBA, missing 29 games due to a calf muscle damage and his latest ankle sprain. Thompson told The Athletic that he probably would never be 100 percent healthy ever again in November after revealing that he tore a muscle in his calf.
Before he started 78 games last season, Thompson was energetically big as bruises come from the bench. He played big minutes in a demanding position, while on average almost nine rebounds per Play the past five seasons. He has never justified being selected No. 4 overall in the draft 2011, but he made enough to be a valuable piece of a championship caliber team.
Even with the slow start this season, the Cavaliers probably thought Thompson would jump off his season when it was quite healthy, which adjusted properly as the team hit deadweight at the trading time by acquiring exciting but unquestioned younger pieces that would open minutes for Thompson once more.
However, it did not work. Aside from the ankle sprain, Lue Thompson gave a shot, but eventually with Jeff Green and eventually Larry Nance Jr., pushing Thompson from Cavs's front box to the end of the pine.
Thompson's benching is part of Lue pushing Kevin Love for the starting center position, but it is also largely attributed to his regression in almost any statistical category where a low career is low in points (5.8 per game) and minutes (20.2 per game) while putting his lowest rebounding total (6.6 per game) since his rookie season in 2011-12.