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Mychal Thompson (born January 30, 1955 in Nassau, Bahamas), is a Bahamian American former National Basketball Association player who was the #1 pick in the 1978 NBA Draft. Today, Thompson is a notable sports radio personality, who serves as the radio analyst for the Los Angeles Lakers, in addition to hosting the Loose Cannons talk show on KLAC radio in Los Angeles. Thompson (6' 10", 226 lbs) played both the power forward and center positions.
Thompson was born in the Bahamas, but moved to the United States as a youth, playing high school ball in Miami, Florida. He then attended the University of Minnesota where he had an impressive collegiate career; impressive enough that the Portland Trail Blazers made him the number one pick in the 1978 NBA Draft, the first foreign-born player to be selected at that position.
Thompson was a fixture in the Portland lineup for eight years (though one season was missed due to injury), where he started at both power forward and center positions (depending on other personnel). He was named to the 1979 All-Rookie team, and had his statistically best season in 1981-1982, where he averaged over 20 points and 11 rebounds per game. In the 1986 off-season, Thompson was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for center/forward Steve Johnson.
Thompson played with the Spurs for over half a season, before he was traded again, this time to the Los Angeles Lakers. He was brought to the Lakers in mid February in 1987 to defend Celtics forward Kevin McHale whom he played great defense against, and to backup Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Thompson helped the Lakers win consecutive titles in 1987 and 1988. He retired in 1991.
Thompson has long been known as a loquacious personality and as an excellent interview, who was once described as basketball's answer to Bob Uecker. He once remarked that he intended someday to return to his homeland to serve as prime minister. While Thompson appears to have no such political ambitions, he currently serves (along with Rick Fox, a Canadian with Bahamian ancestry) as Sports Ambassador to the Bahamas. Thompson today is the radio analyst for the Lakers, and has also worked as a broadcaster for the Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Vancouver Grizzlies, and Seattle SuperSonics.
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Lakers sign second-round pick Pinnock (Sports Illustrated) Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock, the 58th pick in the NBA draft earlier this summer, has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Former George Washington Star Pinnock Signs With the Lakers (Washington Post) Former George Washington guard Danilo Pinnock, the 58th pick in the NBA draft this summer, has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lakers Sign J.R. Pinnock (NBA.com) The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
Lakers sign guard Pinnock (Covers.com) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock, the 58th pick in the NBA draft earlier this summer, has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers . Pinnock, a 6-foot-5 guard who entered the draft following his junior year at George ...
Notes: Payton re-signs with Heat; Gasol to have foot surgery; Lakers sign Pinnock (USA Today) Gary Payton finally got one championship, yet still wants to chase another. The veteran guard signed a one-year deal Wednesday to return to the Miami Heat, meaning the defending NBA champions have every player from last season's regular postseason rotation under contract for the coming year.
Lakers sign guard Pinnock (SportingNews.com) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock, the 58th pick in the NBA draft earlier this summer, has...
Junior Lakers are best in Canada (myKawartha.com) The Iroquois Lacrosse Arena proved to be a very unwelcoming environment for the home side in the 2006 Minto Cup Lacrosse Championship. The Peterborough Junior Lakers beat the Six Nations Arrows 9-5 on Saturday to capture the Minto Cup and Canadian junior lacrosse supremacy.
Lakers Outpace Morrisville (Oswego Daily News) The Laker men's soccer team continued its torrid scoring rate and defeated Morrisville 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday, Sept. 6. Greg Blette's game-winning goal came just 1:38 into the extra time and was assisted by Mike Kincaid and Mike Davis.
Junior Lakers win national title (myKawartha.com) The Peterborough Merit Precision Lakers stand atop the Canadian junior lacrosse mountain. The Lakers downed the Six Nations Arrows 9-5 Saturday in Hagersville to win the Minto Cup - the Lakers' 12th Canadian junior lacrosse championship title but the club's first in 17 years.
Loaded Lakers top Marcellus (Syracuse.com) By spreading the wealth on offense, Skaneateles cruised past Marcellus 4-1 in a boys soccer season opener for both teams Tuesday.