Apparently the league is reviewing whether or not to allow the Knicks to add Isiah Thomas back to the fold. No, it’s not part of a higher goal of righting all the wrongs in the universe. In my previous bitch-festpost about Isiah being hired as a consultant, I didn’t mention that it was only a part-time gig and that he was keeping his job as coach at Florida International University. The NBA rightly sees this as a potential conflict-of-interest. This info comes from an article on nba.com where they reported:
“We are reviewing the agreement, in consultation with the Knicks, for compliance with league rules,” league spokesman Tim Frank said via email.
What’s the possible conflict? For instance if a player at FIU comes to his coach for advice as to whether or not he should enter the NBA draft, what does Isiah say? Does he try to keep FIU’s program going strong and convince the kid to stay, or does he try to help out the Knicks and mention that New York wants the prospect? Or on the other end of the spectrum, it could also conceivably give Isiah/FIU an unfair advantage when he’s trying to recruit high school players to commit to FIU (“By the way, I also works for an NBA team so if things go well at FIU maybe I can put in a good word for you…”).
One other separate thing, unrelated to whether the deal will be approved or not. I hadn’t realized that Isiah brought his same brand of winning basketball from the Knicks to FIU. The university’s team went 7-25 last year.
Tell me again why we’re bringing this guy back?