LaSalle Thompson
LaSalle Thompson 1986-87.jpg
Thompson, circa 1986
Personal information
Born (1961-06-23) June 23, 1961 (age 61)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High schoolWithrow (Cincinnati, Ohio)
CollegeTexas (1979–1982)
NBA draft1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Kansas City Kings
Playing career1981–1997
Coaching career2008–2014
Career history
As player:
19821989Kansas City / Sacramento Kings
19891995Indiana Pacers
1996Philadelphia 76ers
1996–1997Denver Nuggets
1997Indiana Pacers
As coach:
2000–2001San Diego Wildfire
2008–2010Charlotte Bobcats (assistant)
2012–2014New York Knicks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points7,806 (7.9 ppg)
Rebounds6,689 (6.8 rpg)
Blocks972 (1.0 bpg)
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LaSalle Thompson III (born June 23, 1961) is an American former professional basketball player, who spent most of his 15-year career with the Kansas City/Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers. The 6 ft 10 in, 245-pound Thompson spent time at both the center and power forward positions during his playing career. He later served as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, during head coach Larry Brown's tenure and for the New York Knicks during head coach Mike Woodson's tenure.

Playing career


Nicknamed "Tank", Thompson finished his career at Texas as the school's all-time leader in rebounds with 1,027, despite the fact he played only three years. The record would stand for 21 years until it was broken by James Thomas in 2004.

Kansas City/Sacramento Kings

Thompson was drafted by the Kings with the fifth overall pick in the 1982 NBA draft, making him the highest Texas player taken until LaMarcus Aldridge was selected second overall in 2006. During the 1984 NBA playoffs, Thompson averaged what would be postseason career-highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds per game, during a first round loss against the Los Angeles Lakers.[1]

In 1989–1990, he averaged 13.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game while spending a half-season in Sacramento and the other half in Indiana. That season, while still on the Kings, Thompson scored a career-high 31 points during a 147-142 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.[2]

Indiana Pacers

A regular starter for most of the first part of his career, in 1992–1993 Thompson moved to a role as the tough-nosed veteran off the bench, as Rik Smits and Dale Davis started every game in which they played. Thompson was a key reserve on the first Pacers team to reach the Eastern Conference Finals series, in 1993–1994.

Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets

After the 1994–1995 season, Thompson signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, playing there for a year before going to the Denver Nuggets.

Return to the Pacers

He ended his career with nine more games in a Pacers uniform, following the trade-deadline deal that also brought Mark Jackson back to Indiana.[3]

Post-NBA career

Thompson served a stint as general manager and head coach of the San Diego Wildfire in the American Basketball Association in the 2000–01 season, which would be the only season of the Wildfire's existence.

He is co-owner of Prime Time Motors, an automobile sales firm in California.

On May 30, 2008, Thompson accepted an offer from Larry Brown (for whom he played during his stints with Indiana Pacers) and the Charlotte Bobcats to become an assistant coach where he worked until Larry Brown parted ways with the Bobcats after the team started the season 9-19 on December 22, 2010.[4]

Before the start of 2012–13 NBA season, Thompson became assistant coach of the New York Knicks under Mike Woodson (with whom he played for Kings in Kansas City and Sacramento) replacing Kenny Atkinson who quit joining the Atlanta Hawks staff.[5] He worked for Knicks for 2 seasons until Woodson was fired on April 21, 2014.

Has one son, Nickolas who plays basketball at Jonesboro High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas,[6] and one daughter (Ruby) who plays volleyball for Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois, and club at Sports Performance Volleyball Club.

See also


  1. ^ LaSalle Thompson Per Game Playoffs
  2. ^ LaSalle Thompson Career High Points Scored
  3. ^ "Where Are They Now? LaSalle Thompson".
  4. ^ "Charlotte Observer | 05/30/2008 | Collins may return to coach Bulls". Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  5. ^ "Knicks add Dunn, Thompson to coaching staff". October 2, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Where Are They Now? LaSalle Thompson". Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2006.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)