While Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers were busy taking on the Houston Rockets on ESPN, the Cavs star made his debut further down the dial on E! and the season premiere of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians."
Thompson's romance with Khloe Kardashian was a main plot point on the episode, which was filmed last fall, with her family wondering about the new man in her life.
"So, I see pictures of Khloe with some NBA player, and even though I know not to believe everything on the Internet, Khloe and a NBA player do go hand in hand," Kim says early on.
(In a bit of irony, the game on ESPN pitted Khloe's current flame against one of her exes, Rockets point guard James Harden)
"It's my sister. Of course, I want to know who she's hooking up with," Kim tells the camera.
Khloe, however, decides to stay mum, deflect questions and keep Kim in suspense. Finally, she invites Thompson to meet the family at a Kanye West concert in Miami. Backstage, Thompson makes his only appearance on the episode, being introduced to Kim for the first time and giving her a hug.
"He's a little young," Kim said of Thompson, who turned 26 on Monday.
Thompson appearance was brief and, considering how much it was hyped, almost as a big of a letdown as the Cavaliers' 117-112 loss to the Rockets.
That's not to say we've necessarily seen the last of the Cavaliers power forward on KUWTK. While next week's episode focuses on Kim's kidnapping and robbery in Paris from last October, Khloe has spent a considerable amount of time in Cleveland over the last few months, so it's likely we'll at least hear, if not directly see more of Thompson on the show this season.
"Keeping Up with Kardashians" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on E!.
'Happy Birthday TT': Khloe Kardashian throws lavish gold-themed party for boyfriend Tristan Thompson's 26th milestone
Khloe Kardashian pulled out all the stops for her new boyfriend's 26th birthday on Monday.
The reality television star spoiled Tristan Thompson with a lavish party, filled with balloons and donuts.
Khloe, 32, shared a video of the celebration with Snapchat followers, alongside her Cleveland Cavaliers beau.
Gold balloons spelled out: 'Happy Birthday T', and the gold theme - presumably in keeping with his team colors - was continued throughout.
She revealed a box of ring donuts which had gold icing drizzled across them.
Khloe had also surprised him with gold KitKat bars, and gold tinsel and ribbons around the place.
Khloe wore her hair in Dutch braids and appeared to be clad in black.
Tristan looked ready to party in an Hawaiian print T-shirt, which he teamed with a giant gold cross around his neck.
He was wearing his baseball cap backwards.
Khloe was seen inroducing her new boyfriend Tristan Thompson to her family during Sunday's season premiere of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
The star was asked by sister Kourtney about her new boyfriend Tristan and their recent trip to Mexico.
'My boyfriend's name is Tristan Thompson, he is a Pisces, he is Jamaican from Toronto and he plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers,' Khloe told the cameras.
'We had just the best time,' she told Kourtney about their trip to Mexico.
'Right now my relationship is really new and I want to keep it close to my heart and not shout everything out from the rooftops. I have learned from the past and it is a lot of pressure to put your relationship out there,' she said.
'I don't need someone directing Tristan and I, so I am very choosy as to who I share my dating life with,' Khloe said.
Khloe told her sister the family was 'intense' and she wanted to keep it 'confined.'
Khloe and Tristan have been an item since at least September. In that time, Thompson's ex-girlfriend Jordan Craig gave birth to his newborn son Prince.
As well as her younger boo's birthday, Khloe had a busy weekend celebrating the premiere of the 13th season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which started Sunday night on E!
Khloe Kardashian Throws Gold-Themed Party For Tristan Thompson's 26th Birthday
Are those gold Kit-Kats?
Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson celebrated his 26th birthday yesterday and Khloe Kardashian went all out with a gold-themed party that appears to have featured gold kit-kats, gold-glazed donuts and a massive cake shaped like the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
The two have been linked together since September and Thompson recently made his "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" debut on Sunday's episode, meeting the rest of the Kardashians at a Kanye West concert.
Thompson is currently averaging 8.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game for the defending champion Cavs, who are currently hanging on to a two-game lead over the Celtics for the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference.