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New York's Isiah Thomas Redux nightmare is over

Jul 24, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

After Donnie Walsh tapped him to make their final pitch to LeBron James (that went well), there were discussions that the Knicks were looking at Isiah Thomas to fill their GM position. Subsequently, Knicks fans began experiencing a range of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, vertigo, and an uncontrollable urge to destroy everything in their path.

This is mostly due to the fact that Thomas was without question the single worst GM in modern NBA history, potentially in the history of professional sports. He acquired the worst kinds of contracts for players who ranged from mediocre to outright terrible. He was sued for sexual harassment and even his draft picks, which were considered high points, wound up as terrible outside of David Lee.

Luckily for Knicks fans, good news has been confirmed. The NY Post reports that a source close to the Knicks confirmed “there is no job for him there now.” The door isn’t completely closed, but with Walsh repeatedly confirming he will not be hiring a GM this summer and Allan Houston a leading candidate, it looks like Knick fans don’t have to worry about the return of the franchise destroyer.

But he’s out there.



Preparing to sign someone absolutely terrible to a max contract while trading away picks and young players for marginal talent with huge contracts. He’s seen what David Kahn has done. And he will not have his legacy overwritten. Thomas is always there, lurking for the chance to return.

  1. Frank Krasicki - Jul 24, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Why is this on NBC Sports?
    This is nothing more than slander.
    Isiah Thomas was far from perfect but this continuous vilification of the man is entirely unjustified.
    Its one thing to report news, its another to turn it into a witch-hunt. This doesn’t even pretend to be an opinion piece, its just a mugging.

  2. Adam t - Jul 24, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    The last paragraph was FUNNY…nice, Matt

  3. Brian - Jul 24, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    There is one area where David Kahn is very different than Isaiah Thomas. Kahn has reduced the T-wolves payroll to NBA-low territory while Thomas insisted on spending more than everbody else. If you’re going to lose, might as well do it with a low payroll. The low payroll could be to Kahn’s benefit later in the sense that he could get lucky and acquire a very good player via some other team’s salary dump. Isaiah, meanwhile, worked his team into a situation with no flexibility because his roster was filled with toxic assets.

  4. kahnRules - Jul 24, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    What on earth has kahn done to be compared to that dumbass? he has gotten a lot of young talented players the last couple years and gave up nothing…we got rid of a bad contract that no one wanted in a guy that cant play in our system (jefferson) has gotten pics for the future to continue getting good young players…and he got the trade exception from utah!! are you idiots just that out of touch with nba? we will be adding a great player when a team dumps for salary move..Great job kahn! and seriously johnny flynn is not horrible so what he drafted two point guards….we werent the only one that passed on curry..i agree it was dumb, but great moves have made up for it this year…

  5. henry ning - Jul 25, 2010 at 12:51 AM


  6. Henry Ning - Jul 25, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    I think the KNICKS will be good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Zachariah Blott - Jul 25, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Speaking of Isiah Thomas, here’s an analysis of the best and worst free agent contracts given out so far this summer. No Thomas = no Knicks.

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