Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at 4:19 pm  |  21 responses

Knicks Owner Dolan Meets With Isiah Thomas

Knicks owner James Dolan had a business meeting with Isiah Thomas on Friday, and Marc Berman of the NY Post speculates that “it’s possible the meeting centered on Thomas returning in some sort of coaching consultant capacity during training camp.” Watch out Knick fans—Thomas could return to the Knicks in an official capacity this season: “Knicks owner James Dolan staged a business meeting with Isiah Thomas yesterday morning at the Mandarin Hotel in Midtown, according to a person familiar with the situation. A band of security men surrounded the two men who were both dressed in business suits in a quiet corner of the lobby. Thomas has lobbied to return to the organization since he was fired as the Florida International basketball coach last spring. The meeting took place two days after the resignation of MSG sports president Scott O’Neil, who, according to a source, helped convince Dolan rehiring Thomas wasn’t a good move for the Knicks brand. Thomas, who attended the Basketball Hall of Fame induction last night in Springfield, Mass., still lives at his home in Purchase, where he resided when he was Knicks president and coach during a disastrous reign from 2003-2008 that has made him a pariah with Knicks fans. The Garden stated it would conduct a search for a new Garden sports president, which is a marketing position. It is possible Dolan was seeking Thomas’ advice on filling the position because he has maintained his friendship with Dolan. Hiring the unpopular Thomas would come at an odd time considering the franchise is dealing with the fan fallout of losing Jeremy Lin and are bracing for the Nets’ debut in Brooklyn. Knicks coach Mike Woodson is down an assistant coach after Kenny Atkinson left for Atlanta, and it’s possible the meeting centered on Thomas returning in some sort of coaching consultant capacity during training camp, which begins Oct. 2. Woodson, Thomas and Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald played together on the University of Indiana’s 1981 national championship team. The Post reported in April that Woodson and Thomas had dinner on the night Grunwald was promoted to permanent general manager.”

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  • Hart26


  • JML-G

    Isiah probably gives the best head in the world and will give it Dolan again only if he gets back into Knicks organisation.. if thats not the explanation, I DONT KNOW WTF IS!!!

  • MikeC.

    Please no. Just…….no.

  • Dagger

    For comedy’s sake I hope Dolan hires him.

  • Eazy

    I just don’t understand. Why? Why? Why? He got fired from a college job, he helped run the organization into the ground and now you want him back. Someone please explain

  • Anonymous

    plz.. would like to see the New York Knicks fail even more.. cmon Dolan, hire thomas so the knicks can be back as a garbage team.

  • The Philosopher

    Lord Thomas III…

  • https://twitter.com/#!/GametimeWeezy Gametime


  • Bo Bice

    What did I do wrong?

  • danpowers

    no matter what position dolan gives to thomas, i bet he will find a way to mess everything up from there

  • The Seed

    Great move to bring Zeke back, he drafts well, coached the Pacers well during his time and Knicks was very dysfunctional before him. Bringing Zeke back is like telling teammates not to pass someone the ball, but he gets the ball himself and scores. Go Knicks.

  • sefos

    do NOT, repeat NOT make it happen, Dolan!
    seriously, what’s wrong with you?

  • Zabbah

    Dolan must be sleeping with Isiah. There’s no way any sane employer would hire back an employee of his that almost ran his company to the ground.

  • Jinolin

    Thomas is like a Fat Cat CEO, screws up the whole organization gets paid retires/quits then comes back to the same organization with the same s#$t results. rinse and repeat I guess.

  • Max

    Please hire him!

  • danpowers
  • Klemperer

    Knicks actively pursuing Stephon Marbury?

  • danpowers


  • https://twitter.com/#!/GametimeWeezy Gametime

    I bet Zeke could still get out there and drop 20

  • https://twitter.com/#!/GametimeWeezy Gametime

    With the money they are going to pay him they probably could have matched Jeremy Lin’s offer, im just saying..

  • Max

    Oh you mean the same guy who drafted ronaldo Balkman over rajon rondo?