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June 21, 2011
Thompson's break came at a good time

Finally caught up with Jason Thompson and chatted briefly with him about the fracture in his right big toe.

Thompson suffered the injury June 10. It will keep him in a walking boot four to six weeks.

"I was just working out and knowing me I was thinking it was soreness or something like that, just kind of playing through it and stuff," Thompson said. "Next thing I told (trainer) Pete (Youngman) - I already planned to come out here before the lockout so I could use the facilities - so it was perfect timing to come in here and get an X-ray."

Thompson was back in Sacramento June 14 and had the X-ray the following day. Thompson is in good spirits. Thompson has worked out in a pool and continued to stay in shape with the injury.

"I've just been getting treatment," Thompson said. "I've still been lifting and doing cardio and stuff like that. Pretty much doing everything so I don't pressure on it."

That Thompson was able to be diagnosed and begin treatment before the lockout that is expected to begin July 1.

And whenever the NBA season starts, Thompson believes the foot will not be a problem.

"I'd rather go through the aches and pains now and don't put too much pressure on it and when the time comes I'll be ready," Thompson said.

Today's pre-draft workout was the last for the Kings. It ended suddenly when Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen went down holding his right knee.

The official word after the workout was Pullen was being re-evaluated, but the way Pullen held his knee and covered his face grimacing in pain didn't offer any assurance the injury was minor.

Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie also spoke about Thursday's NBA Draft. He described this year's class as wide open with several scenarios possible, including trades. Petrie said no deals were imminent.

Yahoo! Sports reported the Kings and Toronto had discussed acquiring point guard Tony Parker for a first-round pick.

But remember, this is the NBA Draft and to paraphrase the late-great comedian Bernie Mac, I don't believe it until it happens.

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