Cavs Tristan Thompson speaks on his first season in the NBA

Byron Scott told the Cleveland media that Kyrie Irving is sick today, and is listed as doubtful to play against the Washington Wizards tonight in the Cavaliers last home game of the season. Tristan Thompson is not sick, however, and I caught up with him just after shoot-around earlier this morning.

I followed up what I referenced yesterday by asking Tristan about his scoring average increasing on a monthly basis since January, and also asked him what he’s learned the most during his first NBA season.

Those two questions I asked are transcribed below, and the other two questions in the video are from our good friend Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 FM The Fan.

Stepien Rules: What do you feel like you learned the most throughout your first season now looking back from where you started?

Tristan Thompson: Probably after every game just looking back and seeing what went well. Keeping notes on the players you went against, what went good for you, what areas to improve in. Just learning something from every game and taking it with you. Having veterans like Antawn and Andy, Antawn’s a free agent after this year, so definetely this year I’ve tried to absorb as much as I can from him, and he was a great vet for me.

Stepien Rules: Your scoring average has gone up in each of the last four months, you feeling more comfortable on the offensive end? 

Tristan Thompson: I think it’s just getting the reps, getting up and down the court, and just playing. I think that’s the key, especially for young guys. Once you play, you get a feel for it, find out what works for you and what doesn’t, and that’s what I’ve been doing and it’s working out pretty well.

Brendan Bowers

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