During a postgame press conference, Thompson was asked if inspiration needed to come from Kings head coach Luke Walton or vocal leaders on the team — including himself.
Thompson had quite the response.
“No man in this world should rely on another man to inspire them,” Thompson said. “No one should ever need a coach to inspire you. If you don’t get inspired in a game, then you shouldn’t be on the court. Losing teams, losing players, you need to get inspiration from your coach. I’m not with that s—. My teammates better not be with it.
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“It’s not about Coach Walton inspiring you. This is not no freaking ‘Glory Road’ s—. You better be ready to play. Your number’s called in a damn game, I don’t need no f—ing coach to inspire me. Never that. Never have. Never will. The day I need a coach to inspire me is the day I’m f—ing retiring. I’m a go play with my kids at the park.”
During their road trip, the Kings finished with a 1-3 opneem, but Thompson stressed that the team should have finished without a loss over the four games. The Kings are currently 6-9 on the season and are losers of five out of their last six games.