Isiah Thomas to be offered a job by James Dolan
Every time Knicks fans hear the name, Isiah Thomas, they cringe. Isiah Thomas without a doubt is one of the best point guards to ever play the game, however that doesn’t erase the painful memories Knicks fans endured last decade. Well Knicks fans get ready for the possible Isiah Thomas sequel.
According to a source close to the former Knicks president, Thomas and Garden chairman James Dolan have had numerous discussions about a position in the organization, but Thomas has been reluctant to accept the job offer.
“Isiah is very close with Jim Dolan but he’s told me that he’s not ready to jump back into the NBA just yet,” said the source, who was with Thomas on Friday at the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Springfield, Mass. “There’s this perception out there that Isiah is desperate to get back, but that’s false. I think it will eventually happen but just not now.
Now it should be noted that Isiah hasn’t accepted a job, nor has one been officially offered. This shouldn’t come to the surprise of anyone seeing that just two years ago, Dolan wanted to rehire Thomas as a consultant. However, the NBA nixed the potential acquisition of Thomas to the Knicks.
Two years ago, Dolan wanted to rehire Thomas as a consultant, but the NBA vetoed the move because Thomas was coaching Florida International University at the time. Once the league nixed the hiring, Dolan famously said that he could continue to solicit Thomas’ views on basketball-related matters.
The Knicks do have a couple of positions available that Thomas could fill. Regardless of what Isiah ultimately chooses, he is the unofficial consultant in many peoples eyes.
There are two basketball positions available in the Knicks organization. The club is looking to hire a D-League head coach, and Woodson is looking to add an assistant. Thomas is not under consideration for the latter. In fact, LaSalle Thompson, Woodson’s former teammate with the Kings, is a leading candidate to replace Kenny Atkinson, who was recently hired by the Atlanta Hawks.
Thomas is not a candidate to replace Scott O’Neil, who was removed from his position as Garden president on Wednesday.
Instead, Thomas will remain as the unpaid — but very visible — friend and adviser to Dolan, the Garden’s most powerful man. And no doubt one day they’ll officially be co-workers again.