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Report: Isiah Thomas could have job with Knicks but is hesitant to take it. For now.

Sep 9, 2012, 9:01 AM EDT

Isaih Thomas Introduced as New Knicks GM Getty Images

Right now, the Madison Square Garden organization — which owns the New York Knicks (along with the Rangers and other assets) — is in flux. Young, hard-charging MSG sports president Scott O’Neil is out and we don’t know which direction MSG goes next. Or how that impacts the Knicks.

So Knicks and MSG head honcho James Dolan did what everyone does when they have big decisions to make — he reached out to a trusted advisor and consultant.

Isiah Thomas.

That sends shivers down the spines of Knicks fans. Whether they like it or not, Thomas could have a job with the Knicks but doesn’t want it, a source told Frank Isola of the Daily News.

“Isiah is very close with Jim Dolan but he’s told me that he’s not ready to jump back into the NBA just yet,” said the source, who was with Thomas on Friday at the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Springfield, Mass. “There’s this perception out there that Isiah is desperate to get back, but that’s false. I think it will eventually happen but just not now.”

Sounds like spin to me. Thomas and Dolan know the backlash that would follow with Thomas being hired in any capacity — Knicks fans loathe the idea — so rather than make it official Thomas stays an unofficial consultant while saying “I don’t want a job.”

Not that it really changes anything. Dolan meeting with Thomas Friday spun a lot of heads because the conventional wisdom is Thomas would do anything to get back in the NBA and with the Knicks. No doubt there is a desire. He tried to consult with them while a college coach, but the NBA was able to kill that (you can’t be a college coach and NBA consultant at the same time, that’s the rules).

So did Dolan offer Thomas a formal job? Does it even really matter? Thomas has always had Dolan’s ear, that has not changed. Never has, never will. Notice that two guys with ties to Thomas — coach Mike Woodson and GM Glen Grunwald — have positions of power with the Knicks.

Give Thomas a job and the only thing that would change formally is where Thomas gets his medical benefits. Thomas’ voice is already heard in the organization. It’s just a matter of perception and backlash if he were hired.

Thomas is working on his masters degree at Cal Berkley and may just want to do that for a while remaining off the Knicks official books. But don’t doubt his ties to the team.

  1. 24thesho - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    NNNNNNNOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Just……., please………., NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! STAY AWAY, Isiah “former PG OF THE W.C. DETROIT PISTONS” Thomas!!!!

  2. 24thesho - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    NNNNNNNOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Just……., please………., NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! STAY AWAY, Isiah “former PG OF THE W.C. DETROIT PISTONS” Thomas!!!!

  3. mojosmagic - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Why dear Lord? Why?

    • mazblast - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      Because God hates Knicks fans.

      That’s the only explanation I have besides, “Dolan’s a drooling moron”.

  4. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    It’s amazing what Cal will offer for the right amount of money? Perhaps he’s writing a thesis on how to lose money.

  5. cantonbound13 - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Go away!!! New York hates you!!!!! This will not end well for you scum bag!!!!

  6. dls612 - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    I’m not a fan, but why do the Knicks keep doing this to themselves!?

    • mazblast - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      Because the owner is an idiot.

      Next question, please.

  7. ebrownwareagle - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Zeke gets a bad rap in NY. For the record Zeke put together a Toronto team Thad consisted of Damon Stoudamire, Marcus Camby, Tracy McGrady, with Vince Carter. In Indiana he put together a roster that consisted of Jermaine O’ Neal, Brad Miller, Ron Artest, Jamal Tinsley, and Reggie Miller. He missed big on Eddie Curry, who was ordain to be the best thing since slice Bread according to ALL Basketball experts. I’m just saying, the guy puts talent together. He gets a bad rap.

    • cantonbound13 - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      In Ny he put together Marbury, Curry, Jerome James & Steve Francis. He put together 5 straight losing seasons with his team way over the cap. He also managed to sexually harass an employee. Bad rap??? Just terrible management.

  8. jedifriedchicken - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    As the Pacers’ coach, he was canned by Larry Bird after three consecutive exits in the first round. I don’t think people will argue that he wasn’t a good player, or that he hasn’t had a good eye for talent. It’s just that he can’t manage anything for shite. He’s always sucked as a coach, with or without talent; he was a horrible GM for the Knicks, and he destroyed the CBA while he owned it, plus, he’s a total douchebag, or have we forgotten the women he was sexually harassing while working for the Knicks. He just needs to stay under the rock he crawled under…

  9. dysraw1 - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    @ebrown people suck up everything the media says on face value, i guess it has to do with credentials and all. however its comical to me that whomever they choose to dislike,or place in a bad light, the public falls right in place an agree’s with it

  10. phaden27 - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    “I’d like to welcome the new MSG sports president, Isiah Thompson…”

  11. glink123 - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Are you seriously saying Thomas had something to do with Reggie Miller being a Pacer??? omfg dude. are you that dumb?

  12. fanz928 - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    He’s actually got better drafts than Jordan

    • mazblast - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      So what? This isn’t about Jordan.

  13. jayquintana - Sep 9, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    If Jeremy Lin were still a Knick, this move would really bother me. As it, I’m just going to laugh my rear end off. The only owner worse than Dolan in the NBA is Sterling.

  14. therealraiderduck - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Isiah Thomas back with the Knicks is a wonderful idea…if you’re a fan of any other NBA team. Remember that this is the same Isiah Thomas who signed Eddy Curry to a max contact to lure LeBron in (despite the two barely knowing each other), and then assumed Curry would willingly void out the last year of his deal and re-sign for the veteran minimum (giving up $10 mill or so) to make room for King James.

  15. nycalldayz - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    These two soooo love each other. lol

    • cantonbound13 - Sep 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      Zeke has to have pictures of Dolan doing something weird.

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