In case you have missed this, let's put this out there: Donnie Walsh would consider hiring Isiah Thomas for the GM position.
Okay. Let me repeat that: Donnie Walsh would consider hiring Isiah Thomas for the GM position.
In the days leading up to free agency and the moments leading up to the decision, Thomas was the go-to guy to sweet talk the free agents into coming to New York. He is credited with getting Amar’e Stoudemire on board and almost had Joe Johnson convinced about coming to the Big Apple.
Walsh has considered bringing in a general manager, but according ESPN’s Chris Broussard, “Walsh said he hasn’t hired a general manager for financial reasons. If Knicks Owner James Dolan allows it, he said he would eventually do so."
This looming fear won’t play well with the fans tortured this past decade. Many have lived through Isiah’s ups and downs, but there is no desire to see him at the helm of a franchise which has worked hard to clean the stain he left on this once proud team.
This isn’t to say that Thomas isn’t a brilliant college scout and it would make sense to bring Thomas in as a scouting director if Walsh and owner James Dolan wanted their guy back in the organization.
As far as GM candidates go, the list would be endless and it wouldn’t be shocking for New York to essentially cherry pick whomever they wanted from their current posts.
Of the currently unemployed candidates, former Blazer GM Kevin Pritchard seems to be a logical choice and his track record has been outstanding. Those who would argue that look at the Greg Oden over Kevin Durant draft choice as his major blunder. A pick that many current and former decision makers would have done too.
In Pritchard, they would get someone who understands the European market and understands how to work within the framework of the NBA salary structure to always leave the team wiggle room to make moves to continuously better the team. He also surrounds himself with talented basketball and financial minds, including current ESPN capologist Tom Penn.
It is disappointing to hear that Walsh is considering giving second chances to Thomas while it is so clear that Thomas’s first misstep this time around could create an even greater disconnect between the Knicks and the city that wants to love them.
Get ready New York because it is about to happen and maybe it is time to hop on the Prokhorov/Jay-Z bandwagon. If the Thomas re-hiring is imminent, no one would blame you.