Today’s New York Times has an article entitled “The Warmth Thomas Is Feeling Is Likely the Hot Seat” about Isiah Thomas feeling the pressure to succeed as the New York Knicks coach. While Thomas won’t get a warm feeling reading that article, there was one passage that warmed the cockles of my heart:
Thomas obtained his priciest players ? Marbury, Rose, Francis, Crawford and Curry ? by trading expiring contracts. But Thomas said he was done doing so, which is why he could afford to cut Taylor and keep Rose.
“We?re not in the same situation that we were two years ago, when that?s what you needed, to use expiring contracts and everything else to build a team,” he said. “But now we have a young nucleus that?s pretty exciting, and we like our future.”
Now granted often times what a coach or GM says to the press and what they do are two entirely different things. Especially during preseason, that time of year where lip service buds blossom. Before the games matter, hope is everywhere and the possibilities are endless. However should Zeke stand by his words, it would be a positive step forward for the New York Knicks organization. Just last week the addition of another impulsive shopper in Grunwald gave Knick fans agita over the possibility of expanding on their league leading payroll. But if Grunwald is aboard with this mentality as well, then he and Isiah could make a nice tandem grabbing cheap young talent from places like the NBDL and other team’s summer league cuts.
This news won’t allow me to envision the Knicks as the NBA’s version of the Oakland A’s. Nor does instill me with notions that New York will do everything they can to trim off the useless fat off their payroll (Jerome James I’m looking at you). However this news should prevent me from having those Marbury, Frye, and Crawford for Webber and Dalembert nightmares that have been plaguing me all summer.