Published On: Thu, Dec 7th, 2017

Veteran leader Lance Thomas anchors Knicks defense in win

Lance Thomas doesn’t carry a ‘C’ on his jersey and doesn’t always get into the game, but he has enough respect to be voted by the Knicks as their leader.

A teammate revealed Wednesday that, prior the season, players picked Thomas and Courtney Lee as their co-captains. It’s a role Thomas takes seriously.

“A lot of responsibility comes with it. You have to practice what you preach,” he said. “I have the guys respect because I do that. I tell guys the truth and I live in the uncomfortable. I’m not afraid to call a teammate out or push for them to be better. I’m not a guy who has a comfort zone. Some guys aren’t vocal, I’m all of those things and that’s something I take pride in with this team. And I’m honored.”

Thomas, 29, got his first start of the season in Wednesday’s 99-88 victory and lived up to his reputation. He only took two shots in 34 minutes – hitting both of them – but more importantly led a defense that held Memphis to 41 percent shooting. The 88 points represented the fewest points allowed by the Knicks since their victory over Brooklyn on Oct. 27

“I want to give a lot of credit to Lance,” Enes Kanter said. “He just plays really hard, man. I mean, he just plays really hard and I just love his energy and everything. He just gives us so much.

Lance Thomas – a defensive specialist – got his first start of the season Wednesday.

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“He’s the leader. He’s the one talking on the court, communicating. When we had one bad stretch, it was always just bringing us together talking. He’s the leader of the team. That’s why we picked him as captain.”

Still, Thomas’ time in the starting lineup could be short-lived. Without Tim Hardaway Jr. for an indefinite period, Jeff Hornacek said he may turn the lineup into a revolving door.

“We could look at it a couple of different ways. We have guys who can play multiple positions,” Hornacek said. “Depending on the team we’re playing, maybe it’s more useful for a certain guy to be in the starting lineup. Maybe we’re not set with a certain lineup. I wouldn’t call it experimenting. I think it’s kind of matching up with the other team with who they have.

“Right now the rotation we don’t necessarily need to stay with that,” he added. “We’ll look at different options.” 

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

(Kathy Willens/AP)


Very little will change with Porzingis’ representation after his primary agent, Andy Miller, relinquished his agent certification after he was targeted in an FBI investigation.

Porzingis will still be represented by his older brother, Janis, who remains with Miller’s agency, ASM.

With ASM, Porzingis signed with Adidas in the most lucrative sneaker deal for a European basketball player in history. In September, the FBI seized Miller’s computer as part of its investigation into corruption in NCAA basketball – the same investigation that took down Rick Pitino. Miller, who was one the league’s power agents with Kyle Lowry also as a client, has not yet been charged, nor has the FBI released any information about his involvement in any crimes.

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