Jason Thompson will make Kings history Friday in Orlando for most games played in the Sacramento era at 519.
“For me, breaking the record of games played is a great accomplishment,” Thompson told Deuce Mason and Jason Ross on KHTK radio on Thursday. “A guy out of Jersey, coming out of Rider, just trying to fit into this organization.”
Selected 12th in the 2008 NBA draft by the Kings, Thompson has been through many trials and tribulations in nearly seven seasons in Sacramento.
“I think a lot of guys who break records have only one or two coaches to celebrate with, but for me, it’s seven,” Thompson said on KHTK. “I feel like George Karl is that piece, no offense to all the other coaches we have had . . . I feel like we’re taking that next step of getting to a better team and a playoff-caliber team.”
The 28-year-old power forward, who refuted reports that he wanted out of Sacramento at last month’s NBA trade deadline, is optimistic about the team’s future.
“I really feel like the stability of the organization has been at its best through the seven years there has been a lot of things,” Thompson said.
Thompson, who has averaged 9.7 points and 6.9 rebounds over his career with the Kings, expressed his thanks to another key constituency.
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“I think the most important thing is just the fans,” Thompson commented. “Through the tough situation, of not just the coaches, but just Sacramento. Our team even staying in the city and the loyal fans and how they always were there supporting me and loving the energy that I brought from day one.
“That's I think the most important thing of them -- always being there. Them knowing the stuff that I’ve gone through over the years. And we’re trying to put it on a positive note and hopefully I get to see 519 more games as a King as well.”