“This is my second year on the Triple Crown circuit. There are some heavy hitters out here, there’s some really good teams,” said New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas. “With my competitive nature I want to compete against the best.”
Thomas has had a successful basketball career, starring at Duke and currently playing for the New York Knicks.
But he feels at home on the water.
“Water just gives me such an outlet,” said Thomas. “Nothing else matters while I’m out here, I get my best thoughts when I’m out on the water.”
Thomas is used to hearing the roar of the crowd at Madison Square Garden, but the sound of a fish on the line is also music to his ears.
“It makes your heart rate skyrocket. You can’t really describe it. If you’re really into fishing, hearing that line go crazy for a long period of time is the equivalent of hitting the game winning shot,” said Thomas.
The hardwood and the high seas are very different, but being the captain of a basketball team and a ship are actually very similar.
“I still have to know how to get the best out of my teammates, I have to know what gets them going and how to get them out of a funk,” said Thomas.
Through his SlangMagic Fishing Team, he started an ambassador program to help young kids achieve their dreams.
“I have so many amazing people in my rolodex, that if any of these kids are interested in something, I can help them,” said Thomas. “If it’s an internship or anything, I can help close the gap and help them achieve something they want to.”
Giving back and trying to catch the big one, Thomas’ passion for fishing and helping the community is undeniable. If you’re going to join him on his next fishing adventure though, just follow his one rule.
“If you fish with me before, you know I like to keep it clean and don’t touch my radio. If you touch the radio you might not fish with me again,” joked Thomas.
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