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The Los Angeles Lakers veteran big man Tristan Thompson credited ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Richard Jefferson (a former teammate), and Kendrick Perkins (also a former teammate) for helping him improve as an analyst and on-camera personality.

“It was fun,” Thompson said. “I’m so grateful for ESPN getting the opportunity to do that. I loved each and every minute of it. I approach the TV, the opportunity, just like basketball. Came in early, watched film. … I’ve heard nothing but great reviews about how I did so it’s definitely an area that I want to explore more when that time comes.”