There is an assumption that Isiah Thomas will be returning to the Knicks in some regard, after Donnie Walsh didn't reach a contract extension with the team. Thomas remains involved in some manner with the team as a consultant-but-not-a-consultant type of thing.
He's already said he won't rejoin the team in an official capacity, but via Sports Radio Interviews, Thomas was asked about his future with the team since again, most seem to doubt he will rejoin the club in an official capacity.
Do you want to be back with the New York Knicks organzation?As with anything in sports, you can only take Thomas at his word. He says he's not returning to the Knicks and because of the PR nightmare it would create, you've got to believe it. Isiah Thomas isn't going to be the Knicks next GM.
“I don’t want to be the President of the New York Knicks. That’s not what I’m angling for. In terms of being in the NBA or working in an NBA organization I’ve said this before at some point in time I would like to return to the NBA and I would like to continue in the NBA, but at this time my focus is at FIU [Florida International University] and working in college and working with the kids that I’m working with.”
Why do you not want to be the President of the New York Knicks or for any team?
“I … not necessarily any team, but I would just say in this situation right now you know what with what went on with myself and my family and the toll that it took on just my family here in New York. It was just difficult for us and we had a very difficult time. I don’t know if I would want to go through that again.”
Let me just make this clear for the listeners out there. Are you trying to say that if your friend, the billionaire, Mr. Dolan, picked up the phone, called you and said ‘I want you back in the same position you had before you’d likely say no?’
“I probably would because I think I could help him … I would try to help him in other ways. I just don’t know if my skin … I don’t know if my family and myself … I don’t (know) if we could all go through that again. It was very difficult for all of us during that period of time and I wouldn’t want to go through that again.”
What about being the coach of the Knicks?
He's said before that he wants to return to the NBA at some point, but he's not dumb. He understands that a return to the Knicks wouldn't be good for him or the organization. Not with all the baggage that's there. But he does have a major leg up there because of his relationship with Dolan. Even with that, Thomas acknowledged how difficult a return would be. He doesn't rule out the chance to return in some capacity, but he's sure he doesn't want to be president and especially not the coach.
Sleep easy, Mike D'Antoni. And Knicks fans.