Isiah Thomas is not returning to the Knicks as president and/or general manager, he is being considered. That's a polite way of saying he wasn't responsible for ruining the franchise now that it's stable. Isiah, I've heard, is a charming man and does have positive skills in his ledger. He is a friend of Jim Dolan and has the respect of Donnie Walsh.
But his return to the Knicks in an executive or decision-making role would be an unbearably horrific management decision.
Lebron's decision absolutely destroyed the balance of the NBA. Could you imagine this phone call?
Yo Magic, it's Michael. Now that Kareem's gone, I'm comin'. And I'm bringing Barkley too.I read a great tweet after the decision which read:
Somewhere Kobe is shooting jumpshots...The Knicks went all in for Lebron. They had to. I still believe he made a miscalculated decision, which is shocking because of the process and his brain trust. I admit I over thought it. Ultimately, the guy didn't want the pressure of NY, where writers, at least one who said simply that he "hopes the team goes 0-82." Lebron didn't want the responsibility of The Big Apple. He doesn't love lead vocals, nor did he want to continue a solo act.
He just wants to play and win with his buddies.
This is a new beginning. I've been asked a zillion times "what's plan B?" and I would always say that it was to spend some money and maintain flexibility for Carmelo. And that talk is real. I've heard 5 people now tell me Melo to NY is "65-70%" but it's impossible to get your hopes up. I'm excited for Anthony Randolph, Azubuike and Turiaf, I think that's a lot to get back for David Lee, who I wish all the best. I'm excited to see Ray Felton in a structure that is built far more like 2005 than the Bobcats were for him and his contract is reasonable. He was the most efficient player on the floor that night in April. He's an above-average NBA point guard, but I truly think with Amar'e and space that he's have a career year and lead this team to victories. He can use the pick and roll different ways, and he can make plays on both sides of the ball.
I expect Wilson Chandler to be dealt.
The bottom line is that the Knicks didn't strike out, and now have something they haven't had for a long time. They have assets. Randolph is a lottery pick and is a freak athletically. D'Antoni now has more players to work with and the ball is in his court. As expected Walsh has brought in players with defensive mindsets who can protect the rim.
I expect them to play. I'm expecting a much better team and moves that will make them contenders.
There is still a vacancy on the front door at MSG, which reads "stars wanted."