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Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 4:45 pm  |  21 responses

Kurt Thomas Released By the New York Knicks (UPDATE)


UPDATE: As expected, the Knicks gave the NBA’s oldest player his walking papers today. (New York will reportedly add Solomon Jones to their roster.) Happy trails, Kurt “Krazy Eyes” Thomas. Per the AP: “The 40-year-old Thomas was waived on Friday. He was sidelined last month by a stress fracture in his right foot and missed 12 games. New York general manager Glen Grunwald says ‘due to a rash of injuries to our big men, we felt that it was important for us to free up a spot on our roster.’ [...] The 18-year NBA player averaged 2.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 10 minutes in 39 games with the Knicks.”

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The NBA’s oldest player is on his way out of the League — the New York Knicks are expected to release the injured Kurt Thomas today (in typical Knicks fashion), making room for a healthy body as the Playoffs loom. Per the NY Daily News: “Thomas will lose the title of the NBA’s oldest player Friday once the Knicks, desperate to add a healthy body for their depleted front line, release the 40-year-old forward and sign journeyman James Singleton. The expected move — Singleton was in town Thursday but unable to play because the deal was not finalized — comes eight days before the playoffs begin and 23 days since Thomas saved the Knicks’ hide on the West Coast by playing the game of his life. The Knicks’ winning streak, which was snapped at 13 games Thursday night, began in Utah with Thomas’ selfless and courageous performance. Thomas played with a broken foot, knowing that he could possibly damage it further by playing. Next week, Thomas will have pins inserted in his right foot. ‘For him to go out there and be playing on a fractured foot and do the things he did for that game, (he) helped us right the ship,’ Carmelo Anthony said. ‘I don’t think he gets enough credit for that.’ Instead, Thomas is essentially being fired. This is a necessary evil of the business, of course. The Knicks need frontcourt insurance and Thomas wouldn’t be available even if the Knicks reach the NBA Finals. With Thomas gone, 39-year-old Marcus Camby is now the second- oldest player on the roster behind Jason Kidd and the only active player from the Knicks team that reached the 1999 NBA Finals. Active in theory, that is. When Camby plays again is anyone’s guess. [...] Glen Grunwald won’t be erring in releasing Thomas. The Knicks have to do something. Is it cold-blooded? Absolutely. But as they say in that famous movie about a family, ‘It’s business, nothing personal.’ That’s not to say Thomas’ exit couldn’t have been handled a bit better. When Thomas learned of his pending fate on Wednesday, he was asked not to speak to reporters. Imagine that. You’re being fired, your career may be over, you need surgery because you played hurt and now some insensitive former co-worker wants you to show a little loyalty.”

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  • Max

    Who are they gonna add that can contribute better than him anyways?

  • MikeC.

    Props to Crazy Eyes Kurt. One of those old school dudes who was absolutely not to be trifled with.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    I’d speak to reporters anyway. What are they going to do about it?

  • Redd

    He was released yesterday already I thought.

  • Redd

    James Singleton.

  • Caboose

    The Knicks were sick of their average age being over 35.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he is on the all-dark alley team

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    off to a retirement home.

  • Cartel

    Hated to see it happen but it was neccesary…He has a high basketball IQ with the fundamentals, but age and health is setting in…Yeah, he played a helluva a game against Utah, BUT HE AIN’T PLAYED SINCE!!!…That’s due to his age and health. One good game put him out of commission…That’s NATURE. The Knicks letting him go was BUSINESS. We’re already short-handed. I honestly thought they should cut White being that he doesn’t play or contribute much, but he’s younger and healthier. So it all makes sense…Still hate to see it done, though…

  • WhoCares

    Actually Solomon Jones fyi.

  • LakeShow

    And the all-NBA nice guy team.

  • danpowers

    you dare to comment on any knicks related headline after last nights game? you please shut up on any knicks topic for a weak or so. you with your bulls you! makin me sick… ;)

  • Redd

    Oh..Knicks fans still come online? After that 4-0 sweep I’d think they’d call it a reg. season & hibernate til’ playoffs.

    WHY ARE YOU WINKING THOUGH lol

  • danpowers

    bro… do you really have to spread salt into my wound? thats why i cant deal with you for a week or so lol

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  • spit hot fiyah

    that’s called versatility

  • Redd

    Man they played good, tough game for a team with 0 big men.

  • danpowers

    so what? you just had one out there who shied away from going to the basket and refuses to challenge shots (boozer). that one got lost coz the knicks started to act and play to conceited in the third. i shouldnt start over again… im losing too much hair coz of those games

  • tomtom

    Only $15818? If I was going to tell lies to strangers I’d at least make ‘em interesting, how about a milli and a yacht….and I don’t want to use a laptop either, if I can just watch cartoons and go to strip clubs then we have a deal. Not at the same time, obviously.

  • Redd

    Lol, I was a bit peeved Thibs didn’t play Nazr.

    But all in all I love the games against the Knicks almost as much as the Heat.

    Chicago is still pissed we’re labelled the “Second City”.

  • danpowers

    i think that wouldnt have been smart. knicks played most of the time having 5 guys out there being able to knock down threes. with nazr out there trying to defend the perimeter that couldve been a vulnerable miss match for the bulls defense. he isnt good enough in the post (offensively) to take constantly advantage of his height advantage to make up for that and the bulls won the rebound battle by 1 anyway.
    aaaand yes, lets all hope you’ll stay the second city for many years to come lol

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