It Appears That Tristan Thompson Is Going To Ride The Cavaliers' Streak As Eastern Conference Champs Until The Wheels Fall Off
That answer is a lot of things. It's delusional. It's disingenuous. It's ungrateful. On the set of the 14th television show that he's decided to produce in the three months that have passed since taking his talents to Hollywood, sits the best player-agent in NBA history. If only for a quick second, LeBron's bullshit alarm had to go off when he heard Tristan Thompson boast as confidently as he would have if he were still being dragged along as an anchor on the S.S. James. For, if nothing else, that response was completely ignorant of all that 'The King' had done in knighting an otherwise replaceable peasant as part of his royal family of overpaid underlings for so many years.
All that being said, I kind of respect how shameless Tristan Thompson was in coming face-to-face with a harsh reality and spitting between its eyes. As silly as he sounds, that quote also serves as one of the last soundbites we'll ever care to transcribe from the mouth of a largely antiquated role player on a team that instantly became below average. Might as well go out with a bang!
It's not fair to say he's grasping at straws, because he's really only grasping at one straw...and it happens to be the flimsy kind that splits down the side when you slam it on the table to remove the wrapper. That doesn't change the idea that, factually speaking, you're the reigning champs all the way up until you're not. Contrary to the confidence in his voice, Tristan Thompson doesn't believe for one second that the Cavaliers are contenders in an Eastern Conference that somehow stumbled it's way into having a little intrigue for the first time since LeBron James legally indulged in an oaky glass of red. Luckily, he doesn't even have to soak in each and every one of his psuedo-second-hand successes until they run dry.