LANCE BLANKS/CEO and Managing Partner
Extensive playing experience and a stellar background in the business of basketball have made Lance Blanks a valuable asset to the mission and management of DME Sports and DME Academy.
After a standout career at the University of Texas, where he led the Longhorns to an NCAA Elite Eight appearance, Blanks was a 1990 first-round draft pick of the defending NBA champion Detroit Pistons. After two years with the Bad Boys, Blanks spent a season with the Minnesota Timberwolves before continuing his playing career in the Continental Basketball Association and overseas, leading teams in Hungary and Cyprus to league championships.
Blanks rejoined the NBA as a scout in the San Antonio Spurs organization in 2000, and was appointed director of scouting in 2002. He spent five years with the Spurs, also serving as the team’s TV analyst the last two seasons of his tenure there.
From there Blanks moved to the Cleveland Cavaliers for another five-year stint as vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager. The Cavs reached the NBA Finals in 2007 against the Spurs. Blanks then spent three years as the general manager of the Phoenix Suns.
In addition to steering DME Sports, Blanks will be on basketball fans’ screens again this season, commentating on games for the Longhorn Network and ESPNU , his third season as analyst on college basketball television broadcasts.