25.01.2023 - 05:29 / usmagazine.com
A family man. While Tristan Thompson‘s personal life has often raised eyebrows, the NBA player is also a devoted father, brother and son.
The athlete’s late mom, Andrea Thompson, reflected on the inspiration behind her eldest son’s work ethic in a 2011 piece for the Toronto Star.
“Trevor is a truck driver. I drive a school bus,” Andrea wrote, referring to Tristan’s father. “We work hard. In life you have to work hard to receive your blessing, everybody knows that. Tristan saw us always working hard, and he wanted to get ahead.”
Andrea remembered having “fun” traveling for Tristan’s tournaments along with his three younger brothers: Dishawn, Daniel and Amari. The Indiana Pacers player, for his part, recalled the sacrifices his mom made for her children and the determination she demonstrated as a parent.
“Daniel was crying, and he wouldn’t stop, so I think he was hungry,” Tristan said of one road trip the family went on in a “blizzard” in an interview with LeBron James‘ Uninterrupted brand. remembering how his mom breast-fed his little brother while still driving. “Seeing her do that and be just a warrior and a champ and how much she was willing to sacrifice for me to get to that tournament so I could go play and do something that I love. I mean it just shows her love and passion for her kids.”
Andrea died unexpectedly in January 2023 after suffering a heart attack, per TMZ. Her whole family let the significant loss — as did Khloé Kardashian.
Kardashian — who welcomed daughter True and a son with Tristan in April 2018 and July 2022, respectively — paid tribute to her ex’s mom via Instagram after attending Andrea’s funeral.
“I KNOW I will see you again. I know I will hear your sweet voice and infectious laugh again. I know I’ll