It was bad enough that the Knicks turned to Isiah Thomas to help them recruit Lebron James. (Hey, guys, I’ve got a serious question for you: What do you think about wooing Lebron with the worst GM in the history of professional sports? Yes! Absolutely! That’ll definitely work!)
But this is the Knicks, people! They couldn’t stop at just one head-scratching decision! They’re now considering making Isiah their GM all over again. (ESPN)
Walsh, the Knicks’ president, said Thomas will be on his list of candidates if he is given the go-ahead to hire a general manager.
“With other people, yes, Isiah would be under consideration from me,” Walsh said in a telephone interview Saturday. “But that’s a situation the owner would have to be involved in.”
Walsh said he hasn’t hired a general manager for financial reasons. If Knicks owner James Dolan allows it, he said he will eventually do so. Walsh, 69, also said reports of his imminent retirement are “totally off-base” and that he has no plans to step down.
There is little question that Dolan would be willing to consider rehiring Thomas, who served as the club’s president and eventually head coach for 4½ years. The two have maintained a close relationship since Thomas was fired by the Knicks in April 2008.
There’s only one thing to wonder after reading a report like this: What, exactly, is Isiah using as blackmail? There’s no other explanation for Isiah being considered for any job at all, never mind one at which he’s already proven to be utterly incompetent.
Let’s just recap his time in New York: He routinely made trades in which the Knicks not only got the worst players, but also the worst contracts. He ran the team into the ground so badly that, in what seemed like a harsh punishment, the Knicks forced him to coach the bums he’d assembled. He then proceeded to prove himself just as bad a coach as he was a GM (actually, maybe not THAT bad), and on top of that sexually
assaulted harrassed an employee, costing the Knicks $12 million.
With that track record, maybe the question should be: Why WOULDN’T the Knicks want to re-hire Isiah Thomas as their general manager?