Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  20 responses

Will the NBA Allow Isiah Thomas to Work for Knicks?

According to multiple media reports, the League may prevent New York from employing Zeke as a consultant and continue to coach at FIU, since it’s basically against NBA rules. CBS has the details: “The Knicks, sources say, are going to have a very difficult time getting this hire past NBA officials. Not because it’s a stupid idea, but because it’s probably against league rules. The NBA Constitution and By-Laws include very strict prohibitions against team employees having contact with draft-ineligible players –- i.e., high school prospects and college or international players not yet eligible to be drafted. NBA team officials aren’t even permitted to utter the names of such players, much less coach them, scout them, or comment about them in press conferences. Seeing as Thomas is the head basketball coach at Florida International University, it would seem to be elementary that such contact is a daily requirement of his day job. Thus, unless the Knicks can pull a fast one on David Stern –- and good luck with that -– sources say it is highly unlikely that the team’s attempt to hire Thomas will pass the smell test, much less the legal one …  In their carefully worded news release Friday, the Knicks only vaguely defined Thomas’ duties by saying he would assist the organization ‘in various capacities, including player recruitment.’ But the announcement went astray –- and the hiring potentially ran afoul of league rules –- when it proclaimed that Thomas would “provide valuable insight and analysis of young prospects from around the world” while remaining coach at FIU. That part of the job description is against the rules, plain as day. NBA guidelines expressly forbid team employees from having any kind of contact with draft-ineligible players, including international players. The rules apply to all ‘basketball operations staff, coaches or scouts, whether full-time or part-time or whether classified as employees or consultants.’”

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  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    It blatantly breaks two major NBA rules so I don’t see a possible way that he will get league approval to work for the Knicks. But, you never know…

  • http://www.phonetobuy.com LeoneL

    29 other teams are talking to Stern to let Thomas work for the Knicks again.

  • Sparker

    my lord, the knicks are the dumbest franchise in the history of the nba, and that’s saying something

  • Airswade

    @Sparker. Couldn’t have put it better myself.They make the Clippers look good…..

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

    Even if it wasn’t ILLEGAL, they should be forced to can the idea based on the STUPIDITY level…

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    what do they need isaiah to consult on that he’s good at? i don’t get it.

  • MikeC.

    Maybe Dolan is worried that the Knicks have a chance to be relevant and good again, so he needs to hire Thomas to prevent that.

  • The Philosopher

    Zeke always has something going, man.

  • BK Chris

    Jl Isaiah is going to teach them how to properly sexually harass women in the workplace, overpay unproven players and make ridiculous trades.

  • riggs

    looking for talented player, which based on his draft picks isnt SO bad, about the only redeeming thing he can actually do.


    Isiah Thomas will ultimately leave FIU and become a full time consultant for the Knicks where he can obviously help with drafting and recruiting, and along the way repair his image while finding his niche. Also, it is Mark Warkentien who should/could be brought in by the Knicks as Donnie Walsh’s successor. Go Knicks!!!

  • http://dez@nba.com dez

    nothing about the knicks passes the smell test

  • MusketeerX

    Who would have thought that David Stern may actually be the Knicks’ savior.

  • Coney Islander

    The whole organization needs a drug test ASAP!

  • http://jaredmintzisthetruth.blogspot.com Jared

    this is the most frustrating thing I’ve seen as a knicks fan possibly ever. That they could allow this man back into the organization just proves that theyre a B-list organization, if even that. Somebodys gotta take Dolan out, this man shouldnt be allowed to play with real fans emotions the way he does.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    James Dolan.

  • Agreedwitseed

    Being a bulls fan, I don’t know much about the knicks, but the way I hear it from my friends that are knicks fans, I think he’s a little less popular than satan in NYC right now.


    James Dolan is such a PASSIONATE owner. I LUV it. The Knicks are back, baby. :)

  • O

    If James Dolan was medically proven to be legally retarded, would that be enough for him to have to give up ownership of the Knicks? Just a thought…

  • http://myspace&blackplanet glenn m braylock

    who is right or wrong is not to be judged remember if u live in a glass house dont throw stones… people often forget about the good isiah accomplish in his nba life. he has family & freinds true freinds and fans we beleave in tuss.