In the wake of MSG sports president, Scott O’Neils resignation, New York Knicks owner, James Dolan meets with former Knicks coach/president,Isiah Thomas.
Isiah has been lobbying with the Knicks organization since being let go by the Florida International basketball coach last spring. It’s been reported that O’Neil was opposed to Thomas re-joining the Knicks in any form, but with O’Neil out of the way, it’s possible that the hall of famer (Thomas) and the New York Knickerbockers could reunite.
Although, I’m sure this comes as a rather head-scratching proposition to Knicks’ fans being that Isiah was running the show during a chaotic period of time, spanning between 2003-2008.
Remember, Isiah allegedly instigated “thugs” off his bench to incite a little old school Detroit Pistons play against the Denver Nuggets, which turned into a brawl, and resulted in the weakest punch ever thrown by former Nuggets’ star and current Knicks small forward, Carmelo Anthony.
Thomas also killed the Knicks salary cap with such moves as giving Jerome James and Jared Jeffries to full mid-level exception contracts. Thomas capped his Knicks experience, tying a franchise worst, 59 losses. Thomas posted an overall winning percentage of .341 with the Knicks, which reminds me more of a high batting average than a coaches winning percentage.
To put it simply, (channeling Charles Barkley) Isiah Thomas was TURRRIBLE during his time with the Knickerbockers.
But again, this was simply a meeting between Nolan and Thomas. Perhaps the two were simply shooting the bird, or having a cup of coffee. However, it is worth noting that the Knicks have stated that they would search for a new Garden sports president and Woodson, Thomas and Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald played together on the University of Indiana’s 1981 national championship team.
Perhaps the Knicks will re-write their chapter with Isiah Thomas, or maybe they’ll make the same mistake twice. One thing I do know is that this current Knicks team has superior pieces in play than the teams Isiah coached/managed back in 2003-2008.