Knicks Rumors & News
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walsh1.jpgI’m gonna go out on a limb here: Isiah Thomas is done with the New York Knicks. Laughable, I know, but if the Knicks have proven anything this season, it’s that they defy all reason.

Perhaps Zeke be retained within the organization in some capacity, however, the prospect of him returning as team president and GM is so utterly implausible, I’ve begun to think of Thomas as more of a temporary caretaker than anything else.

Evidently Jim Dolan views Thomas in much the same way.

The New York Post is reporting today that Pacers’ CEO Donnie Walsh expects to meet with Knicks later this week about succeeding Thomas as team president, and a source suggested that Walsh had most likely already spoken to Dolan about the Knicks’ inevitable vacancy at the top. Via Marc Berman:

The Knicks and Walsh’s agent declined comment, and Pacer president Larry Bird claimed to know nothing. But nobody denied it.

Yesterday at Indiana’s morning shoot-around, the Bronx-born Walsh appeared jumpy, saying “No comment, no comment, no comment” as he raced away from a reporter, appearing guilty. He also attended last night’s game.

Meanwhile, adding to the fire, NBA Commissioner David Stern gave his strongest remark yet that he expects a major shakeup with the Knick franchise this offseason, leaving the embattled Thomas’ future further muddled.

Appearing on ESPN Radio, Stern said the Knicks are in store for “a transformative offseason.” Stern’s choice, sources believe, is former Phoenix CEO Jerry Colangelo.

While Jim Dolan has repeatedly frustrated pundits who have attempted to predict the exact timing of the decision, it’s obvious that Dolan is embarrassed as anyone watching the team drop to 19-48 on the year last night – assuming he’s watching at all; after all, the rest of us tuned out a long time ago.

The Garden has fervently denied each rumor that has surfaced regarding Isiah’s firing and potential successors, however, that’s simply the Garden’s way. For whatever reason, the brain trust at MSG believe that the media is the enemy, and by extension, I suppose the fans are as well, since it’s us who suffer the most by the Garden’s Gestapo tactics.

Whether its Walsh, Colangelo, Kiki Vandeweghe or Chris Mullin, it’s becoming more and more clear that a new, respected face is poised to take the reigns at the Garden. Rejoice, Knicks fans, you might not have to root for the Nets when they move to Brooklyn after all!
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