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Two months ago Tristan Thompson was striding across the stage at the NBA draft in his custom charcoal suit, flashing the horns sign of the University of Texas along with a wide smile. cheap nfl jerseys . A lucrative contract, training camp and hopefully a strong rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers should have come next. Instead, the 20-year-old from Brampton, Ont., finds himself back in Austin, getting ready for a full course-load of classes and practising with his former Longhorns teammates, living in limbo while the NBA labour dispute drags on. "To be honest, its a good thing and a bad thing," Thompson said about the NBA lockout. "Its a bad thing that Im not in Cleveland right now working out with the Cavaliers and getting ready for the season. "But the good thing is that even though Im not playing basketball, Im still being productive, Im working out with the Texas team, and continuing to get my education which is important because when its all said and done, basketball can only do so much for you. You stop playing when youre around 35 so youve got another 60 more years to live, and Ive got to do something. This education is going to help me." The six-foot-nine, 230-pound forward became Canadas highest NBA draft pick in almost 60 years when the Cavaliers nabbed him with their No. 4 pick. That topped Steve Nashs 15th overall selection in 1996. Bob Houbregs of Vancouver was taken second overall by the Milwaukee Hawks in 1953. The lofty selection came after Thompson averaged 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds in his one season in the NCAA, leading the Longhorns to the third round of the March Madness tournament where they were ousted in a one-point loss to Arizona. But his NBA career has been put on the backburner with no end to the labour dispute in sight, swapping his playbook for textbooks. "My mom (Andrea) told me if youre going to leave school to go to the draft, and there is a lockout, I need you to go back to school and continue on with your degree," Thompson said in a phone interview from Austin. "I was all for it. You cant say no to your mom." Hes working toward a communications degree, and hopes to get into sports broadcasting. Thompson is also working as a student assistant with the Longhorns, which allows him a chance to train regularly with the team at the Frank Erwin Center gym he knows so well. He hasnt seen much of his new Cavaliers teammates, including fellow rookie Kyrie Irving, who was taken first overall, and communication with team staff isnt permitted. "Everybody is training in their own spots, if you look at our team weve got a lot of international guys so a lot of guys are doing the international situation. You cant talk to coaches or GMs or anybody like that so really especially being a rookie, were out of the loop," he said. Thompson opted not to go the international route, turning down an invitation to play for Canada at the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament that begins next week in Argentina. "Im a man of my word, I gave my commitment (to his mom) first of going back to school so unfortunately it conflicted with the whole team Canada qualifying," Thompson said. "I hope the guys do well down there, and hopefully if they qualify for the Olympics, theres a spot for me if schedules dont conflict." Thompsons friend and former Texas teammate Cory Joseph, drafted 29th overall by the San Antonio Spurs, took a different route, opting to play for Canada this summer. The NBA lockout, nearing the end of its second month, marks the leagues first work stoppage since the 1998-99 season was reduced by 32 games to 50. Among other events, the lockout forced the cancellation of the rookie transition program which helps ease the transition to the pros for first-year players. Under the old collective bargaining agreement, Thompson would earn about US$3.2 million in his rookie season, but he has yet to collect an NBA paycheque. Hell eventually be part of the Cavaliers rebuilding process that comes after the departure of LeBron James last off-season followed by a 63-loss season. He said he wouldnt be surprised by a January start to the season. Until then, hell have his nose in the books while trying to remain physically ready for a season that could tip-off at any time. "If basketball starts in January its really probably no training camp, or if there it, it will probably be a week," he said. "The ball drops and youve got to be ready to produce so thats why Im here being prepared for whenever basketball does start up." cheap nfl jerseys china . Luke Hughes and Ben Revere highlighted the Twins attack, with a pair of hits and two RBI apiece. We just hit and found the right holes, said Revere. Alexi Casilla belted a solo home run while Danny Valencia and Michael Cuddyer added RBI doubles for Minnesota, which extended its winning streak to a season-high eight games. cheap jerseys . Promoters InterBox and Groupe Yvon Michel announced Wednesday that the former world champions will meet May 25 at Montreals Bell Centre. http://www.nflcheapjerseywholesaleschina.com/ . Trailing 6-5, heading into the final frame, Justin Smoak scored off a Michael Saunders single. Saunders then scored off of Barons line drive to right field to seal the win. wholesale nfl jerseys .ca. Hi Kerry, I enjoy reading your column - hope you keep it up! In the final seconds of the third period of the Winnipeg/Montreal game, Brendan Gallagher looked like he was attempting to get back on-side. nfl jerseys china . Balotelli came on at halftime for his first appearance in a Milan shirt, hours after finalizing his transfer from Manchester City.HALIFAX -- Francois Brassard made 38 saves through 65 minutes and another three in the shootout as Quebec edged the Mooseheads 4-3 on Friday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play. Halifaxs Jonathan Drouin left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury after being checked from behind by Adam Erne. Drouin didnt return to the game and Erne received a major for checking from behind and a game misconduct. Olivier Archambault scored the shootout winner for the Remparts (16-10-6) while Fabrice Herzog, Anthony Duclair and Erne scored in regulation. MacKenzie Weegar scored twice for Halifax (22-10-1), Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist and Darcy Ashley chipped in with three assists. Zachary Fucale made 22 stops for the Mooseheads. --- CATARACTES 6 PHOENIX 1 SHAWINIGAN, Que. -- Alex Pawelczyk scored twice and added an assist as the Cataractes downed the visiting Sherbrooke Phoenix. Alexandre Grand-Maison also scored twice for the Cataractes (5-22-3) while Brandon Gignac and Sebastien Gauthier had a goal and two assists apiece. Kris Hodge chipped in with three assists for Shawinigan and James Phelan had two. Tim Wieser scored the lone goal for the Phoenix (11-19-2), who dropped their fourth straight contest. Marvin Cupper made 28 saves for the Cataractes as Sherbrookes Gabriel parent turned aside 28-of-34 shots in defeat. Shawinigan went 1 for 4 on the power play while the Phoenix failed to score on three chances with the man advantage. --- WILDCATS 5 TITAN 2 BATHURST, N.B. -- Ryan Penny and Christophe Lalonde each had a goal and an assist as Moncton defeated Acadie-Bathurst. Adam Holwell, Will Smith and Stephen Johnson also scored for the Wildcats (14-17-2) while Jacob Sweeney chipped in with two assists. Aaron Kerr and Christophe Boivin supplied the offence for the Titan (13-16-2). Alex Dubeauu made 23 saves for Moncton as Acadie-Bathursts Mason McDonald turned away 31-of-35 shots. wholesale nfl jerseys. --- TIGRES 5 SEA DOGS 0 SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- Philippe Hudon and Angelo Miceli scored 31 seconds apart in the first period for Victoriaville, en route to blanking the Sea Dogs. Brandon Whitney made 27 saves for the shutout while Jonathan Diaby scored twice for the Tigres (12-14-4). Tommy Veilleux added one more to round out the offence. The Sea Dogs (7-20-3) are now 5-9-2 on home ice, which is the worst of any club in the Maritimes Division. Sebastien Auger turned aside 29 shots in defeat. --- SAGUENEENS 4 VOLTIGEURS 2 CHICOUTIMI, Que. -- Nicolas Roy scored twice and Sebastien Sylvestre had three assists as the Sagueneens doubled up Drummondville. Janne Puhakka and Laurent Dauphin also scored for Chicoutimi (16-17-0), which jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Voltigeurs got on the board midway through the third period. Giovanni Fiore and Frederic Aube scored for Drummondville (19-11-2), which lost in regulation for the first time in eight outings. Domenic Graham made 22 saves for the Sagueneens. Voltigeurs netminder Louis-Philip Guindon allowed three goals on 12 shots before giving way to Joe Fleschler, who stopped 9-of-10 shots in 27 minutes of relief. --- OLYMPIQUES 5 ARMADA 3 GATINEAU, Que. -- Vaclav Karabacek and Taylor Burke each had a goal and an assist as the Olympiques handed Blainville-Boisbriand its first regulation-time loss in eight contests. Alexandre Chenier-Allard, Jake Coughler and Vincent Dunn also scored for Gatineau (22-10-0) and Emile Poirier tacked on two assists. The Armada (21-4-5) got goals from Daniel Walcott, David Bedard and Nathanael Halbert. Robert Steeves made 21 saves for the Olympiques while Etienne Marcoux stopped 19-of-23 shots for Blainville-Boisbriand. cheap jerseys ' ' ' 

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