He's done it before, and he'd do it again.
The last thing the New York Knicks need right now is Isiah Thomas' consultation. Unless James Dolan is looking to make Thomas an unprecedentedly high-profile ball boy, his job offer is as ill-founded as you'd expect any Dolan decision to be.
And yet, the New York Daily News' Frank Isola reports that Thomas is the one with cold feet:
According to a source close to the former Knicks president, Thomas and Garden chairman James Dolan have had numerous discussions about a position in the organization, but Thomas has been reluctant to accept the job offer.
Yep, you read that right.
We can only hope that Thomas' reluctance is an act of mercy, that his conscience simply cannot bear the knowledge that he'd ruin NYC's best title chance in over a decade. Surely, he's not just waiting for the right time, right?
Wrong, at least if you believe Isola's source, who goes on to claim that Thomas isn't, "ready to jump back into the NBA just yet."
Just yet? Really? Is he waiting for people to forget about what happened the last time he took his talents to the Big Apple?
Let's recap, shall we? When the legendary Piston came to the Knicks in 2003, the organization was already headed in the wrong direction. Rather than changing direction, though, Thomas hit the gas pedal.
He traded a handful of draft picks for Eddy Curry (one of which turned into Joakim Noah, and the other—briefly—into LaMarcus Aldridge) and then gave Curry $60 million to stick around a while longer. He also dumped undeserved money on center Jerome James on account of the fact that he'd had one pretty decent playoff series.
At one point, Thomas had maneuvered his way into saddling New York's backcourt with Stephon Marbury, a rapidly declining Steve Francis, Jamal Crawford, Jalen Rose and Nate Robinson. Unsurprisingly, that platoon of shoot-first guards led the Knicks to a 23-59 record in 2005-06.
That was pretty much par for the course under Thomas' watch.
So what would he do this time, albeit in a less prominent (or less visible) role?