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Isiah Thomas doesn't work for the Knicks, but they still keep him off the radio

Aug 13, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for ithomas.jpgWednesday Isiah Thomas pulled out of his consulting contract with the Knicks, what with the whole “it violates league policy” thing.

Thursday, Thomas was set and had been promoted to appear on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York, doing a couple hours in studio and taking calls. But that went about as well as the consulting contract. Newsday has the story.

(Radio show host Michael) Kay left the air without explanation shortly after 4 and returned nearly an hour later, saying he had been involved in “intense” discussions with Thomas and 1050 executives.

At 5:45, Kay said Thomas would not be appearing, even though he still was on the floor on which the station’s studios are located near the Garden.

“It became clear to Isiah that the New York Knicks did not want him to go on,” Kay said. “I don’t believe that the Knicks see any good in Isiah coming on and Isiah Thomas has decided to honor that feeling by the Knicks and not come on.”

There is a certain paranoia that runs through Madison Square Garden that is amazing. This was not out of character for the Knicks. Thomas remains friends with Knicks owner James Dolan and wants back in the NBA, so he’ll bow to their request. Even though he doesn’t work for them and likely never will again.

Man, I feel sorry for Knicks fans.

  1. BC - Aug 13, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    This is just plain bizarre.

  2. KC - Aug 13, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    I find it interesting that two of the most blatantly dysfunctional franchises in all of sports happen to be New York teams; specifically the Knicks and the Mets. But they are very different levels of dysfunction. The Mets dysfunction can be fixed if the Wilpon’s can simply admit the mistake they made with Manual and Minaya and then remove them and other problematic personalities (Yes that means you Perez, Francouer, and K-Rod) and move on. The team has talent; they need the right leadership on the field and in the front office. The entire organization needs a serious shake-up. The dysfunction of the Knicks is on a level so profound it’s actually hard to imagine. Basically, the owner of the team is certifiably delusional – how else do you explain this entire Thomas debacle? How many companies would even attempt to re-hire an executive who failed on the level that Isiah failed? And how many companies would hire competent, rationale leaders in Walsh and D’Antoni and then undermine them by trying to bring back an incompetent man who also dragged the organization through a sexual harassment trial – which he lost? The answer is one: the New York Knicks and that is simply a product of an owner who has completely lost touch with reality. The Mets have a chance to correct their issues. But for Knicks fans, the misery will continue unabated unless Jim Dolan sells the team. The truth is the Knick will NEVER win with this out of touch idiot calling the shots. I’m not sure which planet Mr. Dolan really lives on, but wherever it is, it’s obvious that reality there is far different from our reality here on Earth.

  3. Jimee Johnnson - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Bringing back the nitwit Isiah Thomas serves as proof that your comment is excellent. You also hit the nail on the head with the Mets.

  4. AI - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    I agree that re-hiring Isiah is a bone headed move, but Knicks management didn’t win any awards by letting David Lee go and in still failing to understand that defense wins championships

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