Isiah Thomas Returning to New York Knicks?

TJ NagyAnalyst IIISeptember 8, 2012

NEW YORK - MARCH 24: Head coach of the New York Knicks Isiah Thomas reacts to a call on the sideline against the New Jersey Nets on March 24, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Isiah Thomas. The name alone can send just about any Knicks fan into a psychotic rage. 

Well, for the three people out there who actually supported Thomas during his stint as president of basketball operations for the Knicks from 2003-08, it looks like he may not be done with New York quite yet. 

According to the New York Post, Knicks owner James Dolan and Thomas apparently met on Friday in Manhattan. Obviously, this isn't exactly an earth-shattering event—people are allowed to eat lunch together and catch up on things.

Do I assume that Dolan and Thomas were meeting to scheme about how to run this promising Knicks franchise back into the ground? Of course I do, but that's because they've never given me a reason not to think that way.

But even though this was most likely just a friendly sit-down, the New York Post does bring up one very good point. With the recent announcement by Scott O'Neil that he would be stepping down as president of MSG, this little meeting of the minds between Dolan and Thomas does come at a very curious time. 

Although it's doubtful that Isiah Thomas would accept the open position—or is even in the running, for that matter—most Knicks fans are probably just a little worried about this meeting.

Let's not forget, it wouldn't be the first time that Thomas has tried to return to the franchise that he buried over the last decade. A decade that was filled with losing seasons, terrible contracts, a failed head coaching stint and one very messy sexual harassment suit. 

Dolan tried to hire his pal as a part-time consultant in April 2010, but the move was nixed by commissioner David Stern, citing a conflict of interest with Thomas' then-head coaching position with Florida International. Thomas, though, has continued to regularly express an interest in returning to the Knicks in some capacity since leaving in '08, and it's no secret that he's still a very prominent voice in Dolan's camp. 


Thomas also has connections to interim GM Glen Grunwald and head coach Mike Woodson. Both men played with Thomas at Indiana University. There's no denying that Thomas' return would be received with open arms inside the MSG organization.

Outside? Not so much. For most Knicks fans, the memories of Stephon Marbury and Eddy Curry in New York jerseys are still very real. 

It's safe to say that Thomas' official return to the Garden in any capacity would be a very surprising, unpopular and overall poor decision by Dolan. But what am I saying? All Dolan does is make surprising, unpopular and poor decisions.

As of right now, it was just a lunch date for Thomas and Dolan on Friday, and hopefully it doesn't turn into anything more than that.