Thompson, circa 1986
|Born||June 23, 1961|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Withrow (Cincinnati, Ohio)|
|NBA draft||1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the Kansas City Kings|
|1982–1989||Kansas City / Sacramento Kings|
|2000–2001||San Diego Wildfire|
|2008–2010||Charlotte Bobcats (assistant)|
|2012–2014||New York Knicks (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||7,806 (7.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||6,689 (6.8 rpg)|
|Blocks||972 (1.0 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
LaSalle Thompson III (born June 23, 1961) is an American former professional basketball player, who spent most of his 15-year career with the Kansas City/Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers. The 6'10", 245-pound Thompson spent time at both the center and power forward positions during his playing career. He later served as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, during head coach Larry Brown's tenure and for the New York Knicks during head coach Mike Woodson's tenure.
Nicknamed "Tank", Thompson finished his career at Texas as the school's all-time leader in rebounds with 1,027, despite the fact he played only three years. The record would stand for 21 years until it was broken by James Thomas in 2004.
Thompson was drafted by the Kings with the fifth overall pick in the 1982 NBA draft, making him the highest Texas player taken until LaMarcus Aldridge was selected second overall in 2006. In 1989–1990, he averaging 13.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game while spending a half-season in Sacramento and the other half in Indiana.
A regular starter for most of the first part of his career, in 1992–1993 Thompson moved to a role as the tough-nosed veteran off the bench, as Rik Smits and Dale Davis started every game in which they played. Thompson was a key reserve on the first Pacers team to reach the Eastern Conference Finals series, in 1993–1994.
Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets
Return to the Pacers
Thompson served a stint as general manager and head coach of the San Diego Wildfire in the American Basketball Association in the 2000–01 season, which would be the only season of the Wildfire's existence.
On May 30, 2008, Thompson accepted an offer from Larry Brown (for whom he played during his stints with Indiana Pacers) and the Charlotte Bobcats to become an assistant coach  where he worked until Larry Brown parted ways with the Bobcats after the team started the season 9-19 on December 22, 2010.
Before the start of 2012–13 NBA season, Thompson became assistant coach of the New York Knicks under Mike Woodson (with whom he played for Kings in Kansas City and Sacramento) replacing Kenny Atkinson who quit to join the Atlanta Hawks staff. He worked for Knicks for 2 seasons until Woodson was fired on April 21, 2014.
Has one son (Nickolas) who plays basketball at Jonesboro High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and one daughter (Ruby) who plays volleyball for Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois, and club at Sports Performance Volleyball Club.
- "Knicks add Dunn, Thompson to coaching staff". Retrieved August 13, 2018.
- "Where Are They Now? LaSalle Thompson". Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2006.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- LaSalle Thompson Bio @ Basketball-Reference.com