Knicks F Lance Thomas may not dazzle on the scoreboard, but the co-captain of the Knicks leads the way with his defense.
A Knicks player revealed to the NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy that Thomas and SG Courtney Lee were named co-captains of the Knicks. Though Thomas may not be a top scorer on the team, he leads by example on the defensive front. Being in a captain's role is a big responsibilty, but one that Thomas likes to be in.
"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 earned his first start this season in the Knicks' win over the Grizzlies Wednesday night. He finished with eight points on just two shots, but he was a main reason the Grizzlies shot 41 percent from the field and scored just 88 points -- the lowest point total the Knicks have allowed since their win over the Nets back in October.
His start came in wake of Tim Hardaway Jr. being out indefinitely. However, head coach Jeff Hornacek made it known that filling his position won't land on just one player.
"Depending on the team we're playing, maybe it's more useful for a certain guy to be in the starting lineup," Hornacek said. "Maybe we're not set with a certain lineup."
Center Enes Kanter admired Thomas' hustle, not just in this game, but since joining the team.
"I want to give a lot of credit to Lance," Kanter said. "He just plays really hard, man...I just love his energy and everything. He just gives us so much."
Thomas is averaging 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 21 games so far this season.