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Knicks issue statement clearly about Isiah Thomas (that nobody believes)

Feb 20, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

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We’ve told you about Isiah Thomas’ influence in efforts to bring Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks.

The specter of a return of Thomas — just after the team spent two years climbing out of a hole Thomas dug for the organization — was enough to push the Knicks to release a rare joint statement to the media from owner James Dolan, President Donnie Walsh and coach Mike D’Antoni:

“We want to make it abundantly clear that we have been in constant communication throughout this process and the three of us are in complete agreement with everything that we are currently working on. Together, we will do what is best for the long-term success of the franchise. In addition, we want to make it clear that no one from outside our organization has been involved in this process in any way. We will have no further comment at this time.”

That is a clear reference to Isiah Thomas.

And nobody believes this.

In part because when asked by ESPNNewYork Saturday night Thomas did not deny his involvement. Then there is the fact Dolan tried desperately to hire Thomas over the summer and would have if the league had not killed the idea. Or there’s the fact that everyone around the organization says Thomas is involved. Or the phrasing “not involved in the process” is semantics (he could consult with Dolan but not talk to the Nuggets, therefore technically not be part of the actual process, for example).

This entire thing has been bizarre. But a return of Isiah to the organization in any capacity has to freak out Knicks fans.

  1. djeg07 - Feb 20, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    tell isiah to coach his college team, the last i seen they needed it, oh thats tight he sucks as a coach….

    • zackd2 - Feb 20, 2011 at 6:55 PM

      Is he even allowed to be talking business with the Knicks? Hey NCAA- instead of investigating kids for getting a free pair of shoes how bout you investigate this idiot.

  2. SmackSaw - Feb 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    If you believe that, Prokhorov has a bridge in Brooklyn he’d like to sell you.

  3. bababenny - Feb 20, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Yes, we are VERY freaked out at that prospect. Let Walsh finish the job he started and keep Thomas as far away as possible. Dolan and Thomas can undue all the great work that Walsh has accomplished in about 12 seconds. SCARY STUFF.

  4. saveusterrelldavis - Feb 20, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    As a Nuggets fan, I’ve sat back during this whole Melodrama, just thinking, “WHATEVER”. Sure it sucks to lose Carmelo he’s one of the top 5 scorers in the league, but he’s a diva and doesn’t play any defense. Honestly I’d be more disappointed to lose Chauncey and his leadership. And please don’t touch Nene.

    I was salivating at original Nets deal, I was scared ****-less when I heard the Knicks original lowball offer. But now that I know Isiah Thomas is involved? All is alright in the world again! Nuggets are about to gut a fish! wooooooooooooooo

  5. ohkhan - Feb 20, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    i kinda find it hard to believe…donnie walsh is a veteran in this game, thats for sure. if he thought that he didnt have the power and was being overruled by zeke he would resign. with the job hes done, he can get a job anywhere, and it’s not like he really needs the job. if he resigns after the deadline, ill believe it. unless that happens, this is just somebody who knows hes gonna get a lot of traffic for making this story

  6. ohkhan - Feb 20, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    i kinda find it hard to believe…donnie walsh is a veteran in this game, thats for sure. if he thought that he didnt have the power and was being overruled by zeke he would resign. with the job hes done, he can get a job anywhere, and it’s not like he really needs the job. if he resigns after the deadline, ill believe it. unless that happens, this is just somebody who knows hes gonna get a lot of traffic for making this story

  7. ibchuck33 - Feb 20, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    James Dolan and cablevision both suck. New York deserves better.

  8. bc666 - Feb 20, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    What does Dolan see in Thomas? Thomas destroyed the CBA when he ran that, he ruined the Knicks when he was in charge of them a few years ago, when he was the coach in Indiana, Larry Bird who became GM and knew what type a person Thomas was kicked his ass out on his first day. Isiah Thomas is just a bad bad person. He was a jerk when he played and he’s an even bigger jackass off the court. Knicks fans should stand together and boycott games and re-newing season tickets if Dolan brings Thomas back in any capacity.

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