Mychal Thompson’s schedule has lined up with Mychel Thompson’s to create an interesting TV moment this weekend.
Mychal, the dad and Lakers’ radio analyst, accepted a Prime Ticket invite to join Paul Sunderland to call Saturday’s Pepperdine-St. Mary’s 5 p.m. game from Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu – the first time he’ll be on the air for a contest featuring his son, Mychel, the Waves’ 6-foot-7 senior forward and leading scorer.
“I think the last time I got to call one of my son’s games were as a Little League PA announcer,” Mychal said.
“This sounds like fun. I really wasn’t thinking about it. Fox just called and said they needed an analyst.”
Windows of opportunities have come up in the past for Thompson to join the broadcast of games involving either of his college basketball playing sons – junior Klay is the Pac-10’s leading scorer at Washington State, and Mychal was at his game on New Year’s Eve at USC. But this will be a first for the family.
The Lakers have games Friday and Sunday at home, leaving Saturday as a chance to do it.
“I have no problem being objective,” said Mychal. “I always tell my sons to play hard, give all your effort and be competitive, and as long as I see that, I won’t be critical.”
And if Mychel isn’t giving it his all?
“I’ll let him know on the air, but my wife (Julie) has already threatened me that I’d better be nice.”
Sunderland, who worked only with Stu Lantz during his time as the Lakers’ TV play-by-play man while Thompson was always on radio, said that Mychal’s ability to separate himself as a dad and broadcaster should be “no issue at all. He’s a pro and a smart guy.
“Not to overshadow the broadcast, but I’m hoping to draw him out more on the challenges and joys of parenting such succeesful sons, about the approaches he took and the mistakes he might have made. The most important things he learned along the way might help others.”
Mychel (bio linked here), who arrived at Pepperdine via a year at Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley after starring at Santa Margarita High, is 27th on the Waves’ all-time scoring list with 1,159 points going into Thursday’s game against San Diego. Thompson will likely end up as the school’s all-time leader in games played, and is fourth 3-pointers made (168) and eighth in steals (131 in 112 games).
Thompson son No. 3 — 19-year-old Trayce — could be at UCLA right now playing baseball. But as the second-round MLB draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2009, the center fielder recently finished his second season of pro ball at Single-A Kannapolis, N.C.