Reports on the Jalen Rose trade that you won’t read in any paper (because they aren’t true).
Isiah Thomas was so impressed with the Raptors performance against his team, that he had to acquire one of their players. With Toronto beating New York, 104-90, the Knicks decided to grab one of their opponents. “They were just awesome,” the Knicks president declared. “I figure I had to have one of them.” When told the Raptors were 17-30, Thomas shot back “Hey! then it makes sense to trade one of our players for one of theirs, since we’re only 14-31.”
Knicks acquire Rose, by accident. Thomas laughs with that impish grin he’s so famous for. “I really didn’t mean to acquire a player,” he begins to tell the story. “Well I’ve had some problems with my wife, the players in the room will understand (Thomas nods & winks at Clyde). So anyway I figure Valentine’s day is just around the corner. I’m looking through my little black address book to make things right with the little lady, and I thought I dialed ‘Terry’s flowers.’ Then I ask the guy how much roses are, and he tells me something like $31M over 2 years. I figure that seems about right – I was never any good at accounting and hey – it’s a payment plan. I like paying for things over time. I’ve got another fourteen months left on the CBA, but that’s neither here nor there.
“Since I like getting involved personally in everything, I ask if I can pick them. The guy on the other line said Rose and a pick for who? Then it took me a minute to figure out that I dialed the next number in my address book by accident – ‘Toronto Raptors.’ Well folks, you ever been in one of those embarrassing situations where you can’t back down gracefully.” Thomas smiled and shrugged his shoulders.