According to sources, Dolan isn?t ready to name Thomas to a formal Knicks position. The Post reported last summer the Knicks owner still maintains a friendship with Thomas but was disappointed his compadre spoke publicly about wanting Donnie Walsh?s position and believed he was secretly lobbying with select media members.
That?s not Dolan?s style. Dolan?s lieutenants, including Garden head honcho Hank Ratner and Garden president Scott O?Neill, have convinced Dolan hiring Thomas in an official capacity isn?t good business...During the press conference following the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony, Dolan went well out of his way to say Thomas wasn?t involved in trade negotiations. Dolan was irritated Thomas gave an impression he had influence on the deal during a Miami radio interview. Dolan had never been afraid to toot Thomas? horn publicly, so it was clear something was up between them.I don't mind the idea of Isiah as a consultant but there's no way that he can return to the front office. Not with the possibility of a coaching vacancy this off season.