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Sorry Knicks fans, but the Isiah Thomas saga may have another chapter

Aug 15, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for ithomas.jpgIt’s the questions most often asked around the New York Knicks saga: Why in the world would the Knicks even consider bringing Isiah Thomas back? Are they dropping acid like it’s 1968 in the Knicks offices?

Bringing him back makes no sense if you’re thinking like a basketball executive. It makes no sense if you’re thinking like a businessman (remember the $11 million sexual harassment suit he cost the franchise).

But that’s not how Knicks owner James Dolan is thinking — he is thinking like a friend.

Dolan and Thomas are tight, as Frank Isola reminds us in the New York Daily News Sunday.

“Isiah is one of Jim Dolan’s best friends,” says a person close to Thomas. “That’s good enough for him.”

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.

If Thomas does come back, it will be as a consultant. But what happens if by April 1 Dolan decides not to pick up the option on team president Donnie Walsh’s contracts. The Knicks have been looking to groom a successor. Maybe Allan Houston, maybe Mark Warkentien (last of Denver).

But if Thomas has his foot in the door and the ear of Dolan, and if he can help recruit someone such as Carmelo Anthony (or convince Dolan he can) it’s easy to picture a world where he gets the team president job again.

A crazy, sickening bizzaro world for Knicks fans, but a realistic world nonetheless.

  1. John Pileggi - Aug 15, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    If “Groundhog Day” were remade as a horror movie, this would be the plot…………

  2. Anonymous - Aug 15, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Sort of reminiscent of when “Georgia” became the owner of the Rams. Horrible management begets horrible results. Keep the faith New York, perhaps Dolan will move the team to greener pastures…( I know I know…. where is there a better environment for a sports team than New York…. but we are talking about Dolan here who would mess up a wet dream by waking up). Until then New York there is always the Nets, Jets, Mets and Yanks.

  3. Chicagofan4ever - Aug 15, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    It could be worse, he could leave the team to Isaiah in his will! Then who would stop Isaia then???

  4. Anonymous - Aug 16, 2010 at 7:33 AM

    No! Why does James Dolan love Isiah so much? Isiah Thomas is a great basketball player and mind but dealing with the New York Knicks once again would turn the team into another huge nightmare. it’ll be worst than what it was after it just got fixed. why mess it up now? theres nothing that needs to be fix. they lost in the lebron sweepstakes. but they did get a big player and now take that and the money left over and waiting for the Eddie curry contract to exprie after this off coming season and the knick will have prenlty of money to get Carmelo and Chris Paul.

  5. Huh? - Aug 16, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Do today’s players even care about Isiah as a player? They never saw him play growing up. LBJ obviously didn’t care. Amare came for the money, not because of something Isiah said. I would argue that having Isiah be an unoffical spokes person is WORSE for the team. If I were a player, I’d be asking myself who is in charge and question the direction of the franchise, especially given Isiah’s recent history with destroying it.

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