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During Tristan Thompson’s break, he started working for ESPN as an NBA analyst, testing out his post-NBA career ambitions.

“I want to be the next Michael Strahan,” Thompson said. “He’s at the mountaintop for all athletes that are post-career, that have accomplished so much. He accomplished a lot being a Super Bowl champion but off the field, being able to do FOX, “Good Morning America”, “Michael and Kelly,” that’s the highest of highs that you can achieve as an athlete post-career. And I want to position myself to be able to do the same thing.

“So the same way we look up to LeBron as the greatest of all time, I look at Michael Strahan as the greatest of all time off the court as a professional athlete making that transition – and that’s what I want to do.”