Tag:Isiah Thomas
Posted on: August 9, 2010 8:42 am
 

Shootaround 8.9.10: Heat to pass 72?

Posted by Royce Young
  • Jeff Van Gundy says the Heat will be historically great : "They will break the single-season win record [of 72],'' Van Gundy told the Miami Herald. "And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers' 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series ... They will never lose two games in a row this year. They have put together a much better roster than anybody could ever have expected. There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will. And with  Erik Spoelstra coaching, they will be in the top three defensive teams in the league, as well. The other 29 teams better hope the lockout gets moved up a year.''
  • Where do the two O'Neal's fit together in Boston? Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston weighs in: "However, I actually see potential in an O'Neal-O'Neal frontcourt. Celtics GM Danny Ainge noted that he was eager to utilize Jermaine O'Neal at the 4 this season, and high-mileage legs aside, I don't see why it can't work against another team's second unit. It's not like they're going to spend 20 minutes together on the court per game, so if you need to lean on that pairing for a sequence or two each game, I don't see a problem."
  • David Aldridge of NBA.com also reports the Pistons are actively discussing McGrady but aren't close to a decision either way. Aldridge also says the Pistons are expected to try and move Prince before the start of the season, thus making room for McGrady.
  • Multiple people have mentioned this, but it's a good question: How does the Knicks consulting job work for Isiah Thomas? With his relationship to the Knicks, wouldn't him coaching at Florida International mean he's having improper contact with underclassmen?
  • Frank Isola of the NY Daily News says Donnie Walsh should walk away : "Walsh is too respected by his peers to take orders from Dolan via Thomas. We know Walsh has no use for Thomas and therefore can't work with him or more precisely work for him. Full autonomy? Please. Thomas is calling the shots now. There is too much distrust and bad blood already for this to be anything less than a terrible marriage. The fact that Dolan can't see that Walsh has done a solid job tells you all you need to know. This is the same guy who blames the media coverage for nine straight losing seasons. So quit, Donnie. Resign. Walk away. You've already said you'll stick it out because you're a class act. But you deserve better."
  • Joakim Noah and the Bulls are talking extension : "Of course that's the goal," he told ESPNChicago.com after a charity event for his Noah's Arc Foundation in Queens on Friday night. "I'm not really worried about it. I think everything's going to happen with time and at the end of the day, I'm really excited about the upcoming season."
  • Robert Parish loves Boston's move for Shaq: “Shaq can still start for at least 15 teams, maybe 20 teams,’’ Parish told the Boston Globe. “I would say that time has caught up with him but he can still be a factor and not to mention defensively. He’s long and has a lot of mass and is going to take up a lot of room and that definitely is where the Celtics’ strong suit is, defensively. I think that’s where he gets it done. I think Shaq will definitely bring a defensive presence along with Garnett. He’s going to cause a lot of havoc defensively and he still can get it done offensively.’’
Posted on: August 6, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 1:51 pm
 

Isiah Thomas rejoins the Knicks

Posted by Royce Young

I was positive this had to be some kind of joke. But apparently not. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports Isiah Thomas has been re-hired by the Knicks as a consultant. Thomas will remain the coach at Florida International as well (where he had a stellar 7-25 record his first season).

Mannix also said the announcement could mean the Knicks plan on re-installing Thomas as general manager once Donnie Walsh retires. That's pretty much speculation right now though.

But Thomas is now a "consultant." I have no idea how, or why, the Knicks came to this conclusion. What could Thomas possibly bring that's valuable right now? He basically destroyed the Knicks over five-year span and left them with no assets, a roster devoid of talent, a financial situation that would make Warren Buffet throw up and left the franchise in a place it hasn't been able to recover from. He didn't just destroy the crops, but he salted the earth as well. So yeah, let's bring him back for some advice!

As Mannix said, it almost seems like there has to be some kind of other motivation here. Maybe Thomas is a great recruiter of sorts for players and having him in the negotiations would intrigue big names like Chris Paul or Carmelo Anthony. Or maybe Thomas is an excellent evaluator of talent or something, but we just never knew it. There seems like there has to be some kind of reason for this. Otherwise, it just appears like a really, really dumb move.
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