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Guess who’s back? Back again? Isiah’s back (meeting with Dolan), tell a friend

Sep 8, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

Isiah Thomas

That sound you hear is dozens of scribes all across the internet salivating with anticipation at the meat being thrown to the wolves.

Isiah Thomas never stopped talking to the Knicks. He was always a member of James Dolan’s counsel, always a trusted advisor. But the New York Post reports of a meeting that has some storm clouds on the horizon for Knicks fans concerned with a potential return of the once and former GM/coach.

Knicks owner James Dolan staged a business meeting with Isiah Thomas yesterday morning at the Mandarin Hotel in Midtown, according to a person familiar with the situation.

A band of security men surrounded the two men who were both dressed in business suits in a quiet corner of the lobby. Thomas has lobbied to return to the organization since he was fired as the Florida International basketball coach last spring. The meeting took place two days after the resignation of MSG sports president Scott O’Neil, who, according to a source, helped convince Dolan rehiring Thomas wasn’t a good move for the Knicks brand.

via Knicks owner James Dolan meets with Isiah Thomas –

So the guy who didn’t want to rehire him is gone. He’s meeting with the boss man. And the Knicks are still very much in flux in terms of their organizational structure. So there’a lot to take note of, here. Maybe it was just an in-person advisement. Maybe it was just a very casual meeting.

But it’s enough to raise your eyebrows and imagine the fun that could be had. Or fear. One way or the other.

  1. nyg1 - Sep 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    They deserve each other. Let’s pray they dissapear together to some island somewhere…anywhere!

  2. husker82 - Sep 8, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Please be true! I hate the Knicks! I would rather he was running the Lakers, but I will take what I can get!

  3. money2long - Sep 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    thomas always had an eye for talent. his draft resume is pretty nice. during the dark times of the knicks, he got a lot of blame, but the players at those times deserve just as much. everyone takes blame. there will always be a scapegoat and isaiah just happen to be the lucky choice. america is the land of 2nd chances. i just wish i knew what number thomas is at now. i’m not that weary of a potential return. the knicks seem to be getting more and more stable as a franchise as the yrs go on. if the players are performing well, i don’t care if he’s brought back. if he does come back and does a good job, what a redemption story that would be though.

    • dameeze - Sep 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Lol he had two decent picks in Ariza and lee. Everyone else was basically trash. Remember that Allan Houston contract. But hey I’d love it if he returned too, would be hilarious.

      • dondada10 - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        Nate Robinson, Wilson Chandler…

        Isiah didn’t sign Houston.

      • alexb64 - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        dondada10 – Sep 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM
        Nate Robinson, Wilson Chandler…

        Isiah didn’t sign Houston.

        Suns drafted Nate Robinson.

    • money2long - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      sorta feels like thomas is getting the iverson treatment as an executive. not every business man hits on all cylinders. not every choice will be a home run. seems like people ignore what thomas did well because the bad overshadows it. that’s fair, but he brought some good players to indiana and ny. he signed some bad contracts too. who hasn’t. but people get smarter. thomas will be part of a team of decision makers, and if dolan can just use him for his strengths i don’t care.

    • cantonbound13 - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      You are an absolute moron! Everyone deserves a 2nd chance? Have you seen Isiah’s pathetic resume? He destroyed a Pacers playoff team. He destroyed the Toronto Raptors. He caused the CBA to fold. He ruined the Knicks for almost 10 years & was guilty of sexual harassment. He was a disaster in college basketball. Let’s not forget, he tried unsuccessfully to commit suicide & threw his own daughter under the bus.
      There is a reason no body will hire this pathetic excuse for a human.

      • cantonbound13 - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:59 AM

        Hey dondata, what has Nate Robinson done? Only won dunk titles, big deal. Ariza wouldn’t even start on the Knicks today. Thomas is a failure. The “talent” he brought to Ny was Eddie Curry, Stephon Marbury, An old Penny Hardaway, an old Steve Francis, nothing but overpaid trash.

  4. jmclarkent - Sep 8, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    I disagree – his post-player career has been ripe with failure. While is has made a few solid draft picks here and there, he was driving the CBA when that went into flames, drove the Knicks into the dark ages and couldn’t hack it at FIU.

    I am not a Knicks fan, but If I were I’d be deathly afraid of such a move. Below is my final piece of evidence:

  5. jmmsr1 - Sep 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Have you no shame Isiah?

  6. cosanostra71 - Sep 8, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    haha wow. Dolan is a glutton for punishment

  7. tonyricemajorharris - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    This guy must have incriminating pix of Dolan

    • money2long - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:55 PM


  8. dondada10 - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Alex it was a draft day deal. The Suns “drafted” Nate because that’s who the Knicks wanted to draft.

  9. zblott - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    There’s no question Isiah has one of the worst post-playing careers of any player ever, but where does he rank all-time as a PG?

    Try 2nd:

    • jmclarkent - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      In my opinion, John Houston Stockton, the NBA career leader in steals and assists (still) should be in that #2 spot. He was clutch, annoying as hell as a defender, and had insane floor vision.

      His shorts are why he is so low : (

    • eugenesaxe - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      And that would matter here if he were attempting a comeback as a player.

  10. muir6 - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Money you are either Isaih or your on crack this guy is kryptonite if he comes back to Knicks the dark ages r are back

    • money2long - Sep 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      naw, i just try to see the good in people. Isaiah had good intentions with those contracts. it’s not like he deliberately tried to destroy a franchise.

  11. tigrrrr - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Omg.. please say it isnt so! That would be it for me… not enough strength left to endure another knick decline… i mean, im only human!

  12. ah20bloopbloop - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Maybe Dolan is trying to persue Sacramento PG Isiah Thomas to come to NY which of course is Isiah’s son.

  13. dutchman45 - Sep 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Fate worse then death! Send in the Clowns. Oh one is there already named Dolan

  14. glink123 - Sep 8, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Zeke had good intentions when he sexually harassed that Knicks front-office woman. and when he gave Eddy Curry $60 million, even though he failed every heart exam on the planet. and when he drafted Renaldo Balkmon. and when he signed Steve Francis. and when he signed Stephon Marbury. but yeah, he was awesome at evaluating talent. HAHAHAHA!!!!

  15. metrocritical - Sep 8, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Isaiah Thomas is the anti-Midas. Post playing days, everything he touches turns to excrement.

  16. money2long - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    feels like i’m the only one going against conventional wisdom here. damn, this dude isaiah is a hated man. lol

    • cantonbound13 - Sep 9, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      You must not be a Knick fan. Like I said before, there is a reason nobody is hiring this scum bag.

  17. doctorfootball - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    You gotta love this. The Knicks don’t need any enemies because they do themselves the disservice. What a horribly dysfunctional organization. It’s going to be fun watching them not live up to the hype once again

  18. eugenesaxe - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    29 teams are hoping Dolan rehires the guy. Knicks fans are looking into Nyets tickets.

  19. going4iton4th - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Hell has officially frozen over Knick fans—-can’t wait for those “winning” personnel moves of Thomas—Jerome James, Steve Francis, Eddy Curry—if you were above average height overpaid or of limited offensive skill and acumen Isiah will pay you to suck at basketball! James Dolan obviously has no other friends in life—I think he should have Shaq to be GM—I honestly can’t think of GM that has torpedoed a franchise worse than Thomas!

  20. badintent - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    This is up there with Hitlser meeting Stallin to divide up Europe, Ho Chin Min meeting with Kissinger and North Korea’s dictator meeting with with his shrink or hooker………………………….. Getting canned by FSU is like being told you can’t get a Beer at Hooter’s, total loser

    • mazblast - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      FIU, not FSU. Different levels of D-I basketball and very far from each other geographically.

  21. 27xwschamps - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Go the h@ll away !!!

  22. starvingardens - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    Man… Doesn’t anyone see it? The only why Isiah stays in Dolan’s good graces is either he has some incriminating stuff against him, or Isiah is his boy-toy.

    Who in their right mind would ever give him an executive job?

    Just when the Knicks were getting out of the funk that Isiah created… Just like Marc Jacson says, “Mama there go that man!”

  23. mrguyana - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    They dam sure don’t need him. Remember he brought in all those guards. we are doing pretty well now. why do you think he couldn’t hack it at the college ranks

  24. wherezwaldo - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Death by Isiah

  25. cantonbound13 - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:46 AM


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