Unsung Knick History – That Time Isiah Thomas Nearly Joined the Knicks…as a PLAYER!

This is the latest in a series of examinations into different games, events and decisions that impacted Knicks history in some way, shape or form. Stories that are not as famous as, say, “The Dunk” or Willis Reed playing Game 7, but still have a place in Knicks history, especially for die-hard fans. Here is an archive of all the stories featured so far.

A fear every Knick fan has is that someday the Knicks owner might try to bring former Knick President Isiah Thomas back to the organization in some capacity, as James Dolan clearly still appreciates the insights of Thomas (he is very publicly still a fan of Thomas). However, what’s interesting is that the Knicks nearly acquired Thomas years earlier…as a player!

Knicks Morning News (2015.03.16)

  • [New York Times] Somehow, Heat Still Have a Shot at the East Playoffs (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:00:56 GMT)

    Here are some key members of the current Miami Heat rotation: A center who resuscitated his career in Lebanon, a forward who was playing for a bad team in China a few weeks ago, and a couple of graduates of the NBA Development League.

  • [New York Times] Suns 102, Knicks 89: Knicks Fall to Phoenix Suns, and to 4-31 on Road (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:47:08 GMT)

    Andrea Bargnani and Alexey Shved each scored 18 points for the Knicks, who led at the half, but Eric Bledsoe helped the hosts dominate the rest of the way.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Hold Off Lakers 91-86 (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:16:04 GMT)

    Dennis Schroder had 24 points and 10 assists, Al Horford scored 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 91-86 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Hawks at Warriors (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:04:35 GMT)

    Atlanta and Golden State, the league’s top teams for most of the season, are exciting and evenly matched, but each still needs to show that its success can translate to the postseason.

  • [New York Times] Bledsoe Just Misses Triple-Double, Suns Beat Knicks 102-89 (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 03:46:04 GMT)

    Eric Bledsoe fell a rebound shy of a triple-double and the Phoenix Suns overcame a sluggish first half to beat the New York Knicks 102-89 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Leads Thunder to 109-100 Win Over Bulls (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 03:36:50 GMT)

    Guard Russell Westbrook scored 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 109-100 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Russell Westbrook Has 36 Points and Key Assist to Lift Thunder (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 02:24:53 GMT)

    Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to help the Thunder hold off the visiting Bulls, and he finished without a triple-double for only the third time in his last nine games.

  • [New York Times] Leonard, Spurs Roll Past Timberwolves 123-97 (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 01:56:07 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs lost Manu Ginobili to a sprained right ankle in the third quarter of a 123-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge Scores 24 Points, Trail Blazers Beat Raptors 113-97 (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 01:43:05 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Toronto for the 12th time in 13 meetings, routing the struggling Raptors 113-97 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Barton Leads Nuggets to 118-111 Win Over Pelicans in 2 OTs (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 01:37:11 GMT)

    Will Barton scored 25 points, including the tying 3-pointer late in the first overtime, and the undermanned Denver Nuggets won their fourth straight, 118-111 over the New Orleans Pelicans in double overtime Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers Get 33 From Irving, Roll Past Magic 123-108 (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:58:23 GMT)

    Kyrie Irving scored 33 points, J.R. Smith had 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled past the Orlando Magic 123-108 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Post] Mathematically done Knicks blow another one to Suns (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:32:02 -0400)

    PHOENIX — This was not how the West was won. The Knicks took the court at U.S. Airways Arena Sunday for the very first time this season with zero percent…

  • [New York Daily News] Cleanthony Early reflects on Wichita State’s 2014 season (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:09:33 GMT)

    Knicks rookie Cleanthony Early was on the last team to enter the NCAA Tournament undefeated.