Posted by Art Garcia
Something just doesn’t smell right about the latest news involving Isiah Thomas. It’s rather fishy, if you ask me.
The Knicks rehired Thomas today as a consultant after firing him as coach and team president two years ago. That’s weird in and of itself, given the disaster that was Zeke’s reign in New York, which culminated in a sexual harassment suit that cost MSG more than $11 million.
The really odd twist is that Thomas is staying on as coach at Florida International. Thomas said he’ll be an evaluator of talent and recruiter for the Knicks. Well, that’s already part of his job with the Golden Panthers, who were 7-25 in Thomas’ first season. Performing those duties for an NBA team as well possibly sets up some serious conflicts of interest.
The league office is definitely interested in this unique arrangement having an NBA employee directly coaching NCAA athletes.
“We are reviewing the agreement, in consultation with the Knicks, for compliance with league rules,” league spokesman Tim Frank said via email.
NBA teams hiring college coaches could open doors the league and the NCAA don’t want open. Let’s say the Lakers wanted to bring on Mike Krzyzewski as a consultant. What would that mean for the Lakers’ knowledge of current Duke players? Would it help “recruit” former players in free agency?
Something tells us this Isiah-Knicks deal doesn’t hold. Stay tuned.