There’s one name that when said can turn almost every New York Knicks fan into a bitter rage and that’s the name Isiah Thomas. Quite frankly, I got sick to my stomach typing it.
The best thing that happened to the Knicks franchise was the day Thomas was relieved of his duties of general manager and coach of this team. The damage Thomas did in his brief tenure in the Big Apple is still trying to be fixed in the present day.
However there could be bad news on the horizon for Knicks’ fans and that, according to a report from ESPN’s Ian Begley, Thomas and Knicks’ owner James Dolan met for lunch on Friday.
That by itself is not earth shattering news as Dolan and Thomas remain close friends and quite frankly deserve each other, but the timing is curious. MSG president Scott O’Neil announced he was stepping down from his post on Wednesday.
It’s highly unlikely that Thomas would be in the running for the president position, which is a job that includes marketing and sponsorship responsibilities. but Dolan has always wanted to bring Thomas back in some capacity; including in 2010 when he tried to hire Thomas as a consultant. Thankfully that was nixed by the NBA because of Thomas’ position as head coach of Florida International.
However there has always been speculation that Dolan wanted to bring Thomas back in some official capacity and since Thomas was fired by FIU in April, unfortunately the timing works out well for both parties.
Knicks’ general manager Glen Grunwald and head coach Mike Woodson are also close to Thomas as all three were teammates at Indiana University.
The worst part is that Thomas remains interested in the Knicks, telling Ian O’Connor in November 2010 that he thinks about running the Knicks again, “every day of the week.”
Personally, I can’t believe bringing Thomas back would ever be considered, although I can’t believe most of what Dolan does. If letting Jeremy Lin walk didn’t irritate most Knicks fans, bring back Thomas would alienate the rest of the fan base.
Things like that don’t go through Dolan’s mind though, so unfortunately it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Dolan announces Thomas’ return in the near future. All Knicks fans can do now is hope and pray that it doesn’t happen.
Follow Matt Shetler on Twitter for news, reaction and analysis from around the NBA.