Monday, August 9th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  20 responses

Donnie Walsh Upset Over Knicks’ Hiring of Isiah Thomas

According to both the NY Post and NY Daily News, Knicks President Donnie Walsh — much like all Knicks fans — couldn’t believe his boss re-hired Zeke, and nearly quit upon learning of the decision: “Isiah Thomas nearly climbed the corporate ladder from consultant to Knicks president on Day 1 of his new job with the club. The Daily News has learned that Donnie Walsh considered resigning after Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan made the controversial move to hire Thomas, but Walsh decided to continue running the team despite his objections to Thomas having a role in the front office. ‘Donnie finds this entire thing distasteful,’ said one NBA source. ‘He’s had second thoughts about staying but he wants to finish the job.’ Walsh, who did not return phone calls yesterday, is under contract through 2012. Last month, he denied a published report that he was contemplating retirement for health reasons. Dolan’s insistence on giving Thomas the ambiguous title of consultant angered Walsh, who for two years has been trying to hire former St. John’s All-American Chris Mullin as general manager. Dolan has refused to sign off on hiring Mullin and clearly has designs on giving that position to Thomas, who also holds the title of head coach at Florida International University in Miami.

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    Forget about it.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    Man, Isiah must give the best HJs ever

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Like sand through the hourglass…these are the days of the Knicks.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Like sand through the hourglass, these are the days of the Knicks.


    “If you can’t LIE no better than DAT! You may as well tell the TRUTH.”

  • Morgan

    Carter Pewtershcmidt:” In about an hour I’m going to piss away 20 grand”
    Quagmire: “Why? Did you bet on the Knicks”

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Hey look on the brightside, any decision Isiah makes, just do the opposite. LOL

  • http://slamonline.com mike

    Isaiah Thomas…the George Costanza of the New York Knicks…hire this man!

  • WangChung

    LOL & Jukai. The whole article proves what we should already know: it’s not what you know, but who you know. With that said, the idea of Chris Mullin as GM is pretty distasteful itself. There were about 10 busts for every Monta he drafted.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    He can’t be a college coach and have a role on an NBA team…. can he?

  • downtownbrownclown

    isiah thomas as a consultant? what are they gonna consult him for? how to make the knicks the worst franchise ever, that’ll be worth every dime they’ll be paying him. hahahahaha! :P


    Can JD and the Straight Shot take their tour through Miami, and give Isiah Thomas some free tickets to a show? Or would that be a violation? Signed, James Dolan

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    In addition to walsh, you have d’antoni, the garden vice president, the garden chairman, and pretty much 99.9% of knicks’ fans outcrying this ridiculously stupid deal. And yet nolan went through with it. Seriously what the fu[k gives? This is utterly baffling. Does nolan think he can salvage isaiah’s image, and by extension, also his own? Or are they just super sweet awesome soulmate bestfriends forever who will do anything for each other? This…I need an explanation here. Really.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    I believe the term is “heterosexual life partners”

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    Or maybe it’s another term. Hmm…

  • Overtime

    Dont stand for this Sternbot

  • Coney Islander

    Isiah Thomas should be banned from the state of NY let alone the garden!

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance

    Seriously, how can he be a college head coach and be employed by the NBA. Thats a conflict of interest. With that being said, if they use him as a scout, that woukld be beneficial as he has an eye for talent, but ignore anything else he says.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    He’s Back—-YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! Now let the media go against Larry Bird, crappy GM skills. BOOK IT

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Walsh should be upset, but this could be a benefit to the Knicks in the short term. I mean, Isiah Thomas never drafted Jordan Hill. http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com/2010/08/case-for-isiah.html