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Report: Knicks owner promises he won’t rehire Isiah Thomas

May 5, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

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If at one time a statement can be no-brainer true and completely moot, this next sentence is it:

Knicks owner James Dolan has promised team president Donnie Walsh he will not rehire Isiah Thomas to work for the Knicks, according to the New York Post. The report says that Dolan has become disillusioned with Thomas and wants to rebut the idea Thomas still has influence within the organization.

It’s disturbing that it might have taken Dolan this long to become disillusioned with Thomas, but that’s another issue entirely.

The real question is if he is really disillusioned, or whether he is still talking and consulting with Thomas. Dolan says no, but so many voices around the Knicks still say Thomas has influence. It was that influence that prompted Dolan to jump in and spearhead the Carmelo Anthony deal for Walsh.

I’d explain why that is a bad idea, but the brilliant Kelly Dwyer hit that nail on the head at Ball Don’t Lie:

Also remember that “spearheading the Anthony deal” isn’t the best thing. The Knicks were going to get Anthony as a free agent whenever the lockout ended, and they didn’t need to send numerous assets and draft picks Denver’s way for the privilege of signing Anthony to a contract extension that will be out-moded and cap-killing once the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is hammered out. In a move that reeked of Isiah’s trade for Stephon Marbury, the Knicks got the guy but lost the team, and it’s hard to see this group improving any from here on out.

Yes, the Knicks will have only four players under contract in the summer of 2012, but those four players (thanks to Anthony’s massive, old school extension) might make up the entirety of the 2012-13 salary cap with their contracts.

So saying you will not hire Thomas is an obvious and simple move. And moot if you are still listening to him.

  1. LPad - May 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    I’m a Knick fan and I’m not an Isiah fan, but I don’t think Melo was a lock to sign with the Knicks in the summer. Mainly, because of the looming lockout. There’s a chance that Melo could have lost about 20 to 30 million depending on how it shakes out by not signing an extension this year. To expect anyone who isn’t a billionaire to go that route is a serious risk and in my opinion not one worth taking. As far as the cap space, I’m not that worried about it. Draft well and you won’t have to worry about the cap also everyone will be affected by the cap except for maybe the Kings or TWolves.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - May 5, 2011 at 7:34 PM

      I won’t even respond to anything in the Post but Melo said he wanted the 20 million only a trade would guarantee, I thought this was explained already.

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