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Knicks Fans Ready To Cringe As Isiah Thomas Is Back For Carmelo Anthony Deal

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 04:  Isiah Thomas watches as Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays against James Blake of the United States during his men's singles match on day six of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Christopher ChavezAnalyst IIFebruary 20, 2011

Yahoo Sports is reporting that Isiah Thomas is consulting the New York Knicks as they are preparing to make a move for Carmelo Anthony before the trade deadline. The big question on everyone's mind is, "What is up with the infatuation of Isiah Thomas by James Dolan?"

James Dolan has reportedly tightened his grip over the front office moves by the Knicks, and limited Donnie Walsh of making his own transactions. Dolan is allowing Thomas to have more weight on the possible Carmelo Anthony deal than Walsh. Thomas is still active on the basketball scene, but on the college level. He was unable to be approved as a Knicks adviser, but Dolan continues to listen.

A certain front-office executive has reportedly commented on the Dolan move by suggesting that Walsh should leave the team as a result of this trade. The rumored proposed deal that involves starters like Danilo Gallinari and Raymond Felton sounds more like the work of Isiah Thomas rather than Donnie Walsh.

Here is the question raised to Knicks fans as a result of these changes in the front office: If Isiah Thomas is able to land Carmelo Anthony in a Knicks uniform, does that lead to forgiveness from the rough era of his coaching days?

Just when the Knicks fans thought that Isiah Thomas was ousted from Madison Square Garden, a place where fans now wear blue and orange with pride, he returns. Do his moves damage the Knicks in the short term by giving up a few starters? Or does Isiah Thomas finally redeem himself and bring Carmelo Anthony to New York, which could set a chain reaction with other players like Chris Paul?

Fingers will quite possibly be pointed at Isiah Thomas by the end of the trade deadline. It is only a question if he will be praised or crucified yet again.

Update: The New York Knicks front office has released a statement saying: "We want to make it clear that no one from outside our organization has been involved in this process in any way." It also made sure to get it across that Dolan, D'Antoni, and Walsh have been "in constant communication" throughout process and are "in complete agreement with everything we are currently working on."

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