This time it didn’t take a sexual harassment suit. He didn’t have to set the franchise back half a decade. Nor did one of James Dolan’s execs talk him out of it. This time the NBA front office stepped in, deeming Isiah Thomas’ dual role as FIU coach and Knicks consultant as a conflict of interest. Thomas has resigned from the Knicks (phew!) and Knicks owner James Dolan will have to find another way to pursue his man crush.
Ironically it was other teams who helped make this happen. According to the Post’s Marc Berman:
At least two NBA owners complained to the league immediately and several NBA executives thought it was bogus arrangement.
Unfortunately if Isiah Thomas leaves FIU and is free to join the NBA, I don’t think any other league owners will complain about him joining the Knicks again. Heck it’s probably in their best interests to encourage it. For the price of (arguably) a good amateur scout, the team would sully their brand (sexual harassment), give them bad press (local media would kill them over it), and alienate their current competent front office (Walsh was reportedly not happy with the move).