GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The death Monday of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss even had an impact in the Chicago White Sox clubhouse.
One of the top prospects in the White Sox organization, outfielder Trayce Thompson, essentially has Lakers blood running through him. His father Mychal Thompson played 4½ seasons with the Lakers, winning two championships in the franchise’s “Showtime” era.
Currently, Mychal Thompson serves as a Lakers broadcaster.
“(Buss) has been my dad’s employer for most of my life,” Trayce Thompson said after Monday’s workout. “He meant a whole lot to the family. I met him one or two times. I met his son more personally. He’s a great guy and they’re a great family and they meant a lot, not only to the Lakers organization but to Southern California in general.
“Their dedication to the fans and the people of L.A. is really unparalleled. It’s a sad day but he was a great man and it’s a life to be celebrated, not to be mourned.”
Trayce Thompson, 21, who was drafted by the White Sox during the second round in 2009, said he was thinking of his father when he heard the news about Buss.
“I’m sure it’s tough for him,” Trayce Thompson said. “I haven’t talked to him today about it, but it’s tough just to be in that atmosphere to be around the players and the staff and all that.”