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Lance Thomas speaks on Melo

Postby H20Knick » May 18, 2017, 2:20 pm

http://nypost.com/2017/05/18/top-knicks ... teammates/
Top Knicks defender: ‘Carmelo fights for his teammates’
By Marc Berman May 18, 2017 | 12:24am
Modal Trigger Top Knicks defender: ‘Carmelo fights for his teammates’


Knicks forward Lance Thomas experienced an injury-marred season, starting with plantar fasciitis in both feet, a fractured orbital bone and a mysterious hip injury that ended his season with 11 games left.

But Thomas appears just as pained that Carmelo Anthony is being used by management as a scapegoat for a season gone horribly wrong.

Knicks president Phil Jackson declared the team can’t win with him and wants him out, making innuendos the club needs more active, defensive-oriented players such as Thomas.

Jackson also indicated Anthony’s leadership was lacking, citing “rebellion from the top’’ to Jackson’s triangle offense.

Thomas, a Brooklyn native like Anthony, is perhaps biased, calling Anthony “one of my best friends.’’ Thomas is also one of the NBA’s hardest workers — the club’s most zealous defender — so his words have an impact. According to Thomas, Anthony was not the problem.

“I love him here,’’ Thomas told The Post in his first comments to the media since his season-ending injury in Utah on March 22 after which he disappeared from the locker room. “I love him as a teammate, love him as a competitor, love him as a person. Everything else is out of my control, but his approach has always been great.
He’s an amazing professional. I’m not going to comment on what’s happening with him and the organization and trade rumors. I just know I love him as a teammate. I want it to work out.’’

If there’s a perception Anthony cares more about his brand than winning and his teammates, Thomas sought to dispel it, saying his fellow Knicks hold deep “respect’’ for the 10-time All-Star.


“Carmelo fights for his teammates,’’ Thomas said. “He loves to win. Every player in this league, when losing happens, frustration builds up and we’re in the biggest market in the world. Everything is under a magnifying glass here. But he has a passion for winning and bringing it under the biggest microscope. He’s embraced New York and has fought for the Knicks for so long. He’s done an amazing job remaining healthy and being a class act when things have been in an uproar for our team. I can only applaud his approach in everything he’s done — all of the white noise around him.

“He’s done a great job of being a professional and remaining a leader for our team. For me to watch him go through it, for the younger players to see the level of focus, putting all that stuff aside and remaining a veteran leader for the team, I can only hope that when I become a veteran later in my career, my teammates have utmost respect for me the way we have for Carmelo.’’

If Anthony is gone, according to a team source, management wants Thomas to step up as one of the locker-room leaders next season, especially because he’s a defensive specialist. While Anthony lost a step on defense this season, Thomas suggested no one player can be blamed for the club’s season-long defensive woes (ranking 25th in defensive efficiency).

“I don’t think it’s fair to pinpoint anything on one player — defense is a team game,’’ Thomas said. “Collectively our whole mindset has to be that — from our coaching staff to the last player on the bench.


“Players have different skill sets. There’s players really capable of being great defenders. There’s guys who aren’t as capable. Regardless, it’s a team game. If it takes a guy like myself to overexert himself on defense to complement other players on the team, I’ll do that. Everyone has to be willing to do that. It’s not on one player. Teams that are winning are playing great defense. If we want to be one of those teams, we have to do that.’’

Thomas dismissed a prevailing theme the Knicks didn’t buy into the triangle offense, which the club started using much more frequently in the week leading up the All-Star break. By then, the Knicks were all but out of the playoff race. The Knicks (31-51) didn’t win consecutive games after Christmas.

“A lot of games we lost were single-digits, close games where we didn’t get a defensive stop when we needed,’’ Thomas said. “We just needed to get tough stops when it mattered. As a team we sold ourselves short. Plays you look back maybe we could’ve dove for a loose ball, contested a shot better, gotten a certain rebound. I wouldn’t place the blame on everyone not buying in. As a competitor you figure out whatever it takes to win. You do it regardless of things out of your control.’’

Thomas, who played in 46 games, revealed his “hip popped out’’ as he lunged awkwardly for a loose ball during that March game in Utah. Thomas saved the possession and called a timeout, but his season was done. He said if the Knicks were in a playoff race, he would have gotten an injection to make it back for the final few games. The medical staff, knowing his floor-burn style could lead to further damage, shut him down.

Thomas just returned — healthy — from a long fishing expedition in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We have really good players, we need to create a mindset of being more tenacious on defense and do the little things to win games,’’ he said.


Lance and KP have both come out in support of #7, and I think that's telling.

Im going to miss that guy.
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Re: Lance Thomas speaks on Melo

Postby Mr. Glass » May 18, 2017, 3:18 pm

It's hard trying to figure out the difference between loyalty statements and true sentiment. I don't think Melo is a bad guy, but he is a liability for two reasons; defense and holding the rock.
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Re: Lance Thomas speaks on Melo

Postby n8 the gr8 » May 18, 2017, 3:33 pm

Mr. Glass wrote:It's hard trying to figure out the difference between loyalty statements and true sentiment. I don't think Melo is a bad guy, but he is a liability for two reasons; defense and holding the rock.

I kind of wonder if the media and fans don't try to imagine too much that the way people play reflects their personality. From what people say Melo seems like a solid guy. He and Lance always seemed to trust each other and had good chemistry.
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Re: Lance Thomas speaks on Melo

Postby Geolink » May 18, 2017, 3:46 pm

Carmelo gave us great moments and I don't hate the guy when I say I want him out of here.

But as a fan, I'm just tired of the ball stopping (which started with Amar'e btw) which fucks up the offense. I get the team as a whole had a shitty year but something has not clicked with him here for a long time. I just want to move on like the rest of the league has and get younger and more athletic. Melo is older, slower, and can't keep up with the youth in the league.

It's not like he's LeBron who can transend this current era with his unnatural strength and athleticism. Dude really looked old out there in the All-Star game. That's when I knew that it was time for us to move on from him.
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Re: Lance Thomas speaks on Melo

Postby StevoStarks » May 18, 2017, 4:18 pm

Geolink wrote:Carmelo gave us great moments and I don't hate the guy when I say I want him out of here.

But as a fan, I'm just tired of the ball stopping (which started with Amar'e btw) which fucks up the offense. I get the team as a whole had a shitty year but something has not clicked with him here for a long time. I just want to move on like the rest of the league has and get younger and more athletic. Melo is older, slower, and can't keep up with the youth in the league.

It's not like he's LeBron who can transend this current era with his unnatural strength and athleticism. Dude really looked old out there in the All-Star game. That's when I knew that it was time for us to move on from him.


Totally agree with this. I don't hate Melo and have been upset by the way Phil has handled this from the get go, but it's in everyone's best interest to move on and start over.

Also shows the character of Lance, and I was as bummed as anyone that his play was so poor last season. If he can get back to where he was 2 years ago, he'll again be a major asset to our team.
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Re: Lance Thomas speaks on Melo

Postby nazrmohamed » May 18, 2017, 9:07 pm

Hes leaving Lance







hes leaving.
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Re: Lance Thomas speaks on Melo

Postby Don Che » May 19, 2017, 12:19 pm

Lance has to say this...but i get it

the media paints a different image as to what true smart knicks fans think. But the end result is the same.

Its time both sides move on
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Re: Lance Thomas speaks on Melo

Postby Stressin » May 23, 2017, 2:39 pm

Lance Thomas 2016-17 performance was worst then all our rookies performance put together ..
Lance showed no input on defense for teammates or the younger players to follow in suit.
I actually wanted Lance Thomas cut from the roster in early November.
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