New York Knicks Fans Booed (Isaiah) Thomas

by February 16, 2012

Whenever they weren’t rooting for Jeremy Lin last night, Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden rained boos on Sacramento Kings’ guard Isaiah Thomas just because he has a similar name to the former Knicks’ coach and front-office exec. (Stay classy, Knicks fans.) From the NY Post: “Poor Sacramento rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas. Whenever his name was so much mentioned by the Knicks public address announcer Mike Walczewski, for either a foul or bucket, the Garden fans let loose with a round of boos. Some things never change and Thomas got warned by Knicks superfan Spike Lee. The former 5-foot-9 Washington Huskie was indeed named after the Hall of Famer who now coaches at FIU. ‘I used to come to the Knicks games when Isiah Thomas was coach, so I knew something was going to happen,’ Thomas said. ‘I knew it was going to happen here. Spike Lee told me, ‘Next time you come to New York, you better change your name.’ Knicks owner James Dolan, who maintains a friendship with the elder Thomas but has no plans of ever rehiring him as president, couldn’t have enjoyed the reaction. The Sacramento second-round pick will play [tonight] in Detroit, where Thomas still is revered. ‘I might get some cheers there,’ Thomas said. The boos got louder in the fourth quarter as Thomas kept scoring in garbage time, hitting 6 of 8 buckets, to wind up with 13 points. ‘They kept asking me, ‘Why were they booing?’ I was like, ‘Cause of my name,’ Thomas said.”