Links to the Present: December 6, 2011

December 6th, 2011 by Colin McGowan

Lots of Tristan Thompson-related articles today:

“Adding to [the pressure] for Thompson is the fact the Cavs traded J.J. Hickson, last season’s starting power forward. Hickson was shipped to Sacramento for small forward Omri Casspi just before the lockout, potentially freeing some minutes for Thompson. Still, Thompson didn’t appear to be nervous after a workout at the team’s practice facility Monday. The workout also included Casspi, Samardo Samuels and Luke Harangody.” [Sam Amico]

“The Cavaliers rookie took an introductory broadcasting course, learned about U.S. government, delved into African-American studies and got schooled in defending Tim Duncan on the low block. Actually, the last item isn’t offered at UT. It was more of an extra-credit project in San Antonio.” [Tom Reed]

“Thompson is a communications major who has dreams of a studio analyst job with ESPN or TNT after his playing days. He took four classes this fall (government, a speech/broadcasting class and two African-American studies courses) and completed two final exams early so he could fly to Cleveland over the weekend and begin his career. He has two more final exams he must e-mail back to the professors.” [Jason Lloyd]

“The Cavs decided to select Thompson instead of Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas, who was forced to play overseas this season. ‘Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,’ Thompson said at Cleveland Clinic Courts on Monday. ‘Some people were glad they picked me, and some wanted them to take the Lithuanian kid. I’ll just come in and play my game and win their hearts.'” [Bob Finnan]

“I was working out two times a day and also going up to San Antonio and working out with Tim Duncan and the Spurs guys in town. It was a great experience – guarding Tim Duncan. He’s a Hall of Famer. Plus, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It gave me a good taste of what the NBA is about.” [Tristan Thompson via Project Spurs]

And the Cavs have decided to hire the Thunder’s D-League coach as an assistant:

“The Cavaliers have dipped into that organization’s development system for their newest assistant coach. They named Nate Tibbetts — the Thunder’s D-League coach the past two seasons — as a low-level assistant on Monday. The hiring highlighted several moves coach Byron Scott made to his staff.” [Tom Reed]

On the Twitters

“Say this for the #Cavs rooks they didn’t bail on school the moment the lockout ended.” [PDCavsInsider]

“Last two days of class coming up and then I’m off to Cleveland…yessir!!! We gon do it.” [Kyrie Irving]