Knick fans, you must think I am joking, well I am not! I wish I were. It pains me to write this, but I must. According to mutiple sources, including the New York Daily News, New York Post, The New York Times, and ESPN, the Knicks announced Friday they have hired former General Manager Isiah Thomas as a basketball consultant.
“According to a person close to Thomas, he has convinced Dolan that if he were in charge of the Knicks’ free agent recruiting efforts, he could do a better job than team president Donnie Walsh or coach Mike D’Antoni of convincing the NBA’s young stars to come to New York. In July, the Knicks will have enough salary cap space to sign a max free agent. Dolan apparently believes that Thomas can deliver Denver’s Carmelo Anthony. The following year the Hornets’ Chris Paul becomes a free agent.”- Frank Isola, NY DAILY NEWS
So he will coach F.I.U. next year, and help the Knicks as a consultant…WHAT? How can an full-time Division 1 basketball head coach have any time to help the Knicks, why give him a formal position as a consultant? He could stay as a consultant without having any formal ties to the Knicks organization. Why would the Knicks want it public that they are going to Isiah Thomas for help? Say, they were going to him for help, why would they have admited they sent him to go talk to LeBron, and why would they want this public? The only possible explanation is they are breaking the news to Knick fans very slowly, piece by piece that he will be the future G.M. of the New York Knicks. Maybe not this season, as Donny Walsh feels like he can handle it for now, even with his health problems. But, in the future he will be the General Manager.