Tristan Thompson Is More Than Just a Locker Room Leader
Cleveland Cavaliers fans realize that Tristan Thompson is worth much more than a veteran and championship teammate. While he has a bright future in a front office or media company, Thompson is proving his worth on the court.
Many may be surprised by Thompson’s resurgence this season. But for him and coach JB Bickerstaff, it’s no surprise. After injuries to Darius Garland, Evan Mobley and even Donovan Mitchell, Thompson’s re-signing has contributed to the Cavaliers’ 8-3 record.
Thompson’s leadership and locker room presence are invaluable assets, and his impact on the court is undeniable. He can “command a defense,” effectively communicating and defending multiple positions. Bickerstaff praised his physicality, mental toughness and knowledge of the game, crediting him with understanding opponents’ weaknesses and exploiting them.
Teammates took notice:
Linebacker Sam Merrill acknowledged Thompson’s contributions.” He always has something to say,” said Merrill, who appreciates Thompson’s experience and guidance.” He’s not that old …… He still has a lot left in the tank.”
With his basketball savvy and leadership skills, Thompson’s future outside of his playing career seemed secure. But now, he’s proving that his potential is still there, exceeding expectations and playing a vital role in the Cavaliers’ success.