Tristan Thompson Talks About Joining Kyrie Irving In Rookie-Sophomore Challenge

Tristan Thompson was unable to play on Wednesday night, but he did speak to the media before tip-off just after being named to the NBA’s Rookie-Sophomore Challenge later this month. He will join Kyrie Irving in representing the Cleveland Cavaliers down in Orlando, and below is video of Tristan talking about all that. He also offered an update on the status of his injury right now too.

Tristan said that he was “honored to be named to the team” right before I started rolling tape too. My question is the first one you hear in the video, and a transcript of all he talked about is below: 

TT on being named to the Rookie All Star Challenge:

“To be able to play during All Star weekend is definitely a blessing. I wouldn’t be able to do that without my teammates, and having Andy and Antawn helping me get adjusted to the NBA.”

TT on talking to Kyrie about going with his teammate Irving to represent the Cavaliers in Orlando:

“We just found out and then we had shoot-around, so we hadn’t really talked too much. But, it’s always fun having a teammate of yours like Kyrie being able to participate with you. So it’s something we’ll share, and another chapter we can write about in our book together.”

How close are you to playing, how’s the ankle:

“It’s definitely getting better these days. [Cavs trainers] Are definitely helping me a lot. Who know’s, maybe tonight, or maybe this weekend I’ll be able to play. We’ll see.”

Was it a high ankle sprain:

“No, just re-sprained the left ankle. The key is not too rush back, because you don’t want it to be a re-occurring injury. So, our trainers, George, and Coach Scott, just said take the time and make sure it’s fully healed before you get back on the court.”

Was the re-injury as severe as it was when you first injured it:

“No, it was not as bad as Atlanta, so that’s the good thing. It didn’t swell up as much, and it actually didn’t swell up until twenty minutes after I sprained it so that’s a good thing. The key is not to rush it back, because we have a long season, and we’re trying to have me play the whole season instead of being out two games, and then playing two games.”

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