Lance Thomas talks Frank, Fizdale, and sneaker drive with Alan Hahn

MSG and ESPN Radio’s Alan Hahn had Lance Thomas on his show on Friday night and a number of things of note came out of it.

Regarding the topic of the moment, Lance pushed back against some of what’s being said, noting that Frank Ntilikina’s “approach every day has been great,” and adding that several key contributors have gotten a string of DNP-CD’s at times. He said he’s been working hard, and definitively added that “Frank can play.” Lance spoke about the fact that he’s in Frank’s ear “every day,” making sure his spirits are up, and noted that his time is going to come. He said he loves Frank’s approach to the game, and that if he had one message to fans concerned about the 20-year-old, it would be “don’t worry about Frank,” and that he’d be ready when his opportunity came.

Regarding the new head coach, Lance said that David Fizdale instills confidence in the players, makes sure guys are working hard, and that he’s direct and emphasizes development. Interestingly enough, when asked why this team is different from years past, Thomas pointed to the intensity of practices and how guys were ultra competitive during that time but that there was also a high level of camaraderie off of it.
He also noted how the team was in almost every game despite the fact that they haven’t been able to pull many out. He made sure to praise the coach’s approach of making every player on the roster earn their time. Lastly, Lance said he was getting closer to returning to the court himself.
Most importantly, Lance and Damyean Dotson are participating in a great event at Sneakers’N Stuff on Little West 12th Streeton Monday night from 6-8 pm where fans can come and get autographs and also help a great cause by donating lightly worn sneakers which will then be sent to the underprivileged.

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