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Isiah Thomas defends LeBron's right to choose, but says he should have chosen New York

Sep 5, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for iThomas-FIU.jpgLike all of New York it seems, Isiah Thomas has been hanging out in Queens the last week or so. The US Open is in town and Roger Federer is putting on a show. (So did Andy Roddick, but that’s another story all together.)

NBA writer Marc Berman of the New York Post approached Thomas and tried to get him to talk about his failed effort to return to the Knicks, but Thomas said nothing of real interest there.

What he did say is that other NBA legeds — such as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan — were wrong to slap LeBron around for his choice.

“I strongly disagree with their comments,” Thomas said. “[Magic] had a great team. They said they wouldn’t have left but look who they were playing with. Those teams were stacked.”

LeBron had the right to choose… but he should have chosen New York. Right Isiah?

“I think — and I honestly believe this — it would’ve been interesting to see if he could have [won a title with the Knicks],” Thomas said outside Arthur Ashe Stadium. “The curiosity factor, the whole world would’ve been drawn to watch and see if he could do it. The whole LeBron Knick thing would’ve piqued everyone’s curiosity.

“We wanted him to come to New York, but I think he’ll do well in Miami. They got a great team. I think everybody will be watching to see if they can put it together and win.”

Hate to tell you this Isiah, but the whole world is watching to see if he’ll do it in Miami.

  1. randallhank - Sep 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    No, I hate to tell you this but the whole world will NOT be watching to see if HE does it in Miami. First off, far less people are interested than you thing. Secondly the people who are interested will be seeing if THEY, the colluders, can do it. It’s interesting I admit, but they are all three cowards.

  2. JPerz - Sep 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Fool! You are talking without valid info. Heat’s tickets are the most sold across the whole nation in both Home and Away games. And you call them cowards just because you don’t like the chances of your favorite team (probably the Lakers) of getting a Championship. A free agent can play wherever they want no matter what people say, Jordan and Magic are just hypocrites, they had a Championship team so they never needed to go somewhere else. I give you two advices; #1 Learn the singular-plural basis, you are one not the whole world, if you miss their games is up to you, just wait until the numbers come out. #2 Do your homework before opening your mouth, that way you can give a sane opinion.

  3. T - Sep 5, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    I partially agree with Isiah. As far as coming to the knicks? D’Antoni preaches offense, LeBron James values defense, so that would be mixing water and oil. And randallhank, I’m in no way, shape or form dissing you but you are dead wrong about people being less interested. Miami home season tickets are already sold oout and the regular season hsan’t even started yet.

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