Mychal George Thompson is a retired Bahamian professional basketball player and the father of three, including NBA’s Golden State Warriors’ all star Klay Thompson, international basketball player Mychel Thompson, and MLB’s Chicago White Sox outfielder Trayce Thompson. He played both the power forward and center positions and played for the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers. The Portland Trail Blazers made Thompson the number one pick in the 1978 NBA draft, the first foreign-born player to be selected first. Thompson helped the Showtime Lakers win consecutive titles in 1987 and 1988, and he retired in 1991.
Mychal is currently employed as the Lakers radio color commentator. He first worked with Joel Meyers, then Spero Dedes, and is currently paired with John Ireland. He was a co-host on the “Loose Cannons” radio show on KLAC AM570 in Los Angeles but was let go, due to the move of Lakers broadcasts from AM570 to KSPN AM710 for the 2009-10 season. With the move to KSPN AM710, he joined Andrew Siciliano as co-hosts on the “LA Sports Live” radio show on KSPN AM710 until the show was canceled on December 26, 2010. As of 2011, he co-hosts ESPNLA NOW, on KSPN AM 710 from 10am-noon on weekdays. His partner Mark Willard was let go by the station on August 29, 2014 and is now partnered with Mike Trudell.