Lance Thomas Rumors

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Lance Thomas
Lance Thomas
Position: F
Born: 04/24/88
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $6,655,325
Michael Beasley apparently couldn’t score enough buckets to ensure a permanent spot in the rotation once Tim Hardaway Jr. is back to full minutes. Hardaway is questionable for the Knicks’ game Friday against the Timberwolves, but will play limited minutes if he does. Hornacek said once Hardaway is back fully, Beasley will go back to his sporadic playing time, sharing the backup forward role in a platoon with defensive specialist Lance Thomas.
On some level, Kristaps Porzingis can relate to Lonzo’s predicament. The Latvian was also targeted as a hyped rookie, accumulating resentment during his meteoric rise in the largest media market. The difference was his father didn’t stoke the flames, and instead of falling beneath the expectations, Porzingis quickly rose above. “I definitely felt that guys were testing me early on,” Porzingis told the News. “Even in practice, me and (teammate Lance Thomas) were going to at it. He wanted to see if I was tough enough and if I could play in the league. In Puerto Rico, in Melo’s camp (before my rookie season), things like that. Guys want to test me, especially a European coming into the league. And for (Lonzo), it’s also more like the toughest position in the NBA is the point guard. Being the starting point guard every night having to play against a great point guard, it’s tough. A lot of guys don’t like the hype he’s getting for nothing. And that’s why they’re going after him.”
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 to 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.”