There was a loud sigh of relief that came from the entire city of New York last week when the deal to bring Isiah Thomas back to the New York Knicks was squashed. But just like those pesky weeds on your lawn, stories about Isiah Thomas rejoining the Knicks keep coming back. The latest revival is from the New York Daily News where they depict Isiah Thomas and Knicks owner James Dolan as total BFFs. And because of their great relationship, Thomas may be back with the Knicks sooner than you think.
Isiah Thomas believes he has a title far greater and influential than simply being the Knicks’ president or general manager.
“Isiah is one of Jim Dolan’s best friends,” says a person close to Thomas. “That’s good enough for him.”
Told ya. Total BFFs.
That relationship, the source of frustration and tension among Knicks executives and fans, will almost certainly lead to Thomas returning to the Knicks, perhaps as early as next April when FIU, the college team Thomas currently coaches, concludes its season.
In fact, Thomas and Dolan are both in agreement that for now it is probably best that when Thomas does return, he comes back as a consultant. Thomas’ message to Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, is that he doesn’t want to run day-to-day operations. At least not yet.
Thomas has convinced Dolan that he can deliver Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks next summer – assuming the All-Star forward doesn’t sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension with Denver. With the Knicks failing to sign LeBron James last month, Dolan’s faith in team president Donnie Walsh and head coach Mike D’Antoni has waned, particularly when it comes to recruiting today’s young players.
“I continue to believe in his basketball knowledge, including his ability to judge talent,” Dolan said. “He’s a good friend of mine and of the organization, and I will continue to solicit his views. He will always have strong ties to me and the team.”
So it looks like it’s safe to say that there’s a good chance that Isiah Thomas will return to the Knicks in some capacity at some point. It’s also safe to say that I’m pretty happy that I’m not a Knicks fan. And one more thing that’s safe to say….James Dolan doesn’t know what the h*ll he’s doing. But you already knew that.
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