Tristan Thompson has had an unconventional basketball career. He made his debut in the NBA after being picked up by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011 and donned various different jerseys before his free-agent period in 2023. This is when he surprised everyone by making a debut on ESPN as a sports analyst.
The Cavaliers star’s ESPN gig took the world by storm, as more often than not, players join as sports analysts after retiring. However, Thompson chose to do this differently as his career took a drastic turn. This was not the only different thing that happened, but the way this dream came true was unexpected. Kris Jenner who is Thompson’s former mother-in-law had a huge role to play.
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In the recent episode of ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians‘, this shocking revelation was made. Jenner asked Thompson for updates on how his life is going on. To which, he responded, “Everything’s been great. You know, ESPN, obviously, I appreciate you, helping make this all happen”. Not only this, but Jenner also walked through how she made a call on Friday and they asked Thompson if he could start from Monday.
She said, “That never happens to anyone”. Furthermore, Thompson expressed his excitement especially because of the way Jenner made this happen, “Yeah, I’m excited, but you made a couple of calls, ding ding ding, you made it happen. You’re like, ‘My boy wants to do ESPN, let’s make it happen, all right”. The interactions between the two led to the revelations of how Thompson got the gig as well as Jenner’s power.
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Tristan Thompson’s career at ESPN was not only short but also led him to face massive trolling online. This unconventional decision was not appreciated by his fans, and now the recent update on how he got them to hire him has added another layer to this. However, Thompson eventually returned to hardwood as he was signed by the Lakers for the playoff run.
It is undoubtedly that he is one of the rising stars who has proven his ability from time to time. Thompson’s professional life is as confusing as his personal life. Despite ending the marriage with Khloe Kardashian, their romance has been on and off for years now. Even after allegations of being an absent father, Jenner seems to be taking his side and appreciating as well as supporting him and his dreams.