Sources: Isiah Could be Hired by the Pistons

Chris Broussard’s sources are back, and apparently they think the infamous Isiah Thomas could be taking his talents to south Detroit, specifically Auburn Hills.

While Knicks fans fret about the possibility of Isiah Thomas returning to New York, the Detroit Pistons are considering Thomas for their vacant head coaching position, according to league sources.

Thomas is not the leading candidate, sources say, but he is on Detroit’s short list along with Mike Woodson, Kelvin Sampson and his former Pistons teammate Bill Laimbeer.

Thomas, currently the head coach at Florida International University, made headlines this past weekend after the Knicks announced on Friday that Donnie Walsh would not return as the club’s president and general manager. Because of Thomas’ close relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan, there was speculation that Thomas could regain control of the Knicks.

Sources close to the Knicks’ situation insist that Thomas will not be re-hired as the team’s president or general manager and Thomas told’s Ian O’Connor on Friday that he has “no desire to return” to the Knicks.

Thomas served as the New York’s president in a controversial reign from 2003-2008 that left him among the most hated sports figures in recent New York history.

That is not the case, however, in Detroit, where Thomas led the Pistons to back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. Widely regarded as the greatest player in franchise history, the Hall of Famer could return to a club that has suffered through three straight losing seasons.

While Thomas’ performance in the Knicks’ front office left much to be desired, he has enjoyed success as a coach. He led the Indiana Pacers to three consecutive playoff appearances from 2000-2003 and helped develop Jermaine O’Neal, Jalen Rose and Ron Artest into stars.

In 2002, Thomas led the Pacers to a 34-15 start and was the coach of the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game. However, the Pacers finished poorly and were eliminated in the first round for the third straight year, leading to Thomas’ firing.

After joining the Knicks as team president, Thomas took over the club’s coaching duties at the start of the 2006-2007 season. Over the next two years, his Knicks finished a disappointing 56-108.

A return to Detroit would serve as a reunion for Thomas with his close friend and former Hall of Fame backcourt mate, Joe Dumars, the Pistons’ president.

Coming from Broussard, this pretty much confirms that Isiah won’t be hired by the Pistons.  Remember, this is the man that ran with the “Lebron to the Bulls is a done deal” story for weeks.  As we all know, Chris is an absolute joke of a reporter.  He’s almost as bad at his job as Isiah Thomas was at his.  As for Isiah, obviously any reasonable Knick fan wants him with another organization.  That would ensure he has no role on the Knicks going forward.

The bottom line is, don’t get your hopes up about Isiah being hired by the Pistons.  Most teams aren’t as dumb as the Knicks, remember that.


Donnie Walsh to Leave Knicks

According to multiple sources, Knicks GM Donnie Walsh will leave the team after the draft.  Glen Grunwald, a friend of Isiah Thomas, will become the interim GM.

“I really did look into my soul, and I can’t do this job at less than 100 percent, and I don’t know that I could have committed to do this job for two years at 100 percent,” Walsh said. “I’ve already given everything I’ve got up to this point, and I don’t know how much more I’ve got left.”

You know Dolan is licking his chops right now.  This sick bastard is going to do whatever he can to re-hire Isiah.  This could be a very good or very bad moment in Knicks history.  I would personally prefer to see them go with someone like Allan Houston.  I’ve said for over a year now that he’s the team’s future GM.

ESPN will have Isiah Thomas on SportsCenter at 6:20 p.m.

What a wild ride it has been over the past decade. It just doesn't end with this franchise.


It’s been a while, but somehow, someway, the Knicks are in the playoffs.  The past few seasons have not been easy.  Here’s a trip down memory lane.

Arguing With Idiots X: Idiocy Has Taken Over

Welcome to the return of Arguing With Idiots.  For past editions, click here.

I have heard nothing but verbal diarrhea over the last few days.  The Knicks and Nets each land one of the biggest names in the league, yet no one seems to be happy.  Instead of being happy about landing Carmelo, Knick fans have been irritated at losing players such as Timofey Mozgov.  Instead of being thrilled about landing Deron Williams, I have yet to hear one Net fan say anything positive about the trade.  Well, I haven’t talked to many Net fans since they barely exist, but that’s beyond the point.

Let’s start with Melo.

The Knicks easily could have gotten Melo in the offseason.  WHY GIVE UP YOUR WHOLE TEAM FOR AN EXTRA TWO MONTHS OF MELO!!!!!!!!!111

Calm down, no need to yell.  Melo would have likely went to the Nets if he didn’t get traded to the Knicks. He would have risked losing a lot of money by not signing an extension before the new CBA.  Also, there is no guarantee the Knicks would have been able to sign him in July.  A franchise tag in the new CBA could have stopped it.  Even if the Knicks would have signed him in the offseason, Melo would have likely demanded a sign-and-trade, making the Knicks give up a draft pick or two anyway.


You wouldn’t have known who Mozgov was if D’Antoni didn’t put him in the rotation in the last few weeks.  The Knicks have actually played better without him.  There won’t be a problem replacing his 4 PPG and 2 RPG.

Gallo and Chandler are huge losses.

That they are.  But sometimes you have to give something up to get something.  In this case, the reward was too big to turn down.

Gallinari plays the same position as Melo, so he would have just been a 6th man.  Chandler was a valuable piece, but he was an RFA at the end of the season.  Holding on to him could have complicated the Knicks’ cap situation in the upcoming years.

Billups is a downgrade from Raymond Felton.

Maybe, but Felton was never the long-term plan at the point.  Billups is a a solid veteran who can shoot the ball and mentor other players.  He may be able to turn Toney Douglas into a great point guard.  I still think Chauncey is the best player in the trade behind Carmelo.

Onto Deron.

Deron Williams isn’t as good as Chris Paul.

Arguable, but who cares?  Deron is still an elite point guard who is definitely top-five in the league.  Williams, being a superstar, can also attract big names like Dwight Howard to New Jersey/Brooklyn in future seasons.

Why would you give up Favors?

Favors could have taken years to figure out.  Developing him into the next star PF would have taken a lot of time with no guarentee for success.  The Nets can find a franchise power forward soon, I am confident of it.

Two first rounders is too much.

It could be, but would either of those picks turn out to be as good as Deron?  The Nets clearly got the best player in this deal.  This is a superstar’s league.  If you don’t have at least one, you aren’t going anywhere.  The Nets needed one, and they got one.

There’s no guarantee he will re-sign in 2012 when his deal is up.

He is eligible to re-sign in July of this year, and I think he will.  It would be smart of him to get a contract extension before the new CBA.  What other places will have the cap flexibility and marketing opportunities that the Brooklyn Nets will have in 2012?  He could go to the Knicks, but I think they will set their sights on CP3.

In the end, both the Melo and Williams deals were great for the Knicks and Nets.  The Melo deal finally brought true Knicks basketball back to New York City.  The Deron deal helped the Nets acquire the star they’ve been longing for since their glory days.

Watch: Melo Tonight at 7:30

Melo makes his Knicks debut tonight.


According to the Denver Post, Carmelo Anthony is about to become a Knick.  This is a huge moment not only in Knicks history, but in the history of the NBA as well.  This trade would almost guarantee a new big three in New York, setting the Knicks up as perennial contenders.  By adding Chris Paul or Deron Williams in 2012, this team can become championship contenders.  For now, they will be pretty damn good.  Who knows, this team right now may be able to win a playoff series or two.  For now, Knick fans can sit back and enjoy their new superstar.

Congratulations to the Knicks franchise and their dedicated fanbase.

Update: Frank Isola has just confirmed the deal.


Knicks receive:

Carmelo Anthony, Chauncy Billups, Sheldon Williams, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman, Corey Brewer

Nuggets receive:

Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks 2014 first-round draft pick, the Warriors’ 2012 second-round pick, the Warriors’ 2013 second-round pick and $3 million in cash.

Timberwolves receive:

Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry.

Melo Watch: 2/21/11

We’re three days away from the trading deadline, and Carmelo Anthony is still a Nugget.  With Denver in action Tuesday night, we could see a deal get done today.

-The New York Post is reporting that Carmelo Anthony will inform the Nets today whether or not he will accept an extension with the Nets. The Nets and Nuggets are said to have a trade in place, the only roadblock is Melo’s willingness to sign an extension with New Jersey.

– Carmelo met with Mikhail Prokhorov Saturday night. Prokhorov called it a “fantastic” meeting, and even went on to call it a good tactical decision to force the Knicks to give up more for Melo.

– Deron Williams has denied the rumors of him wanting to play in New York.

– According to Real GM, David Stern didn’t want an announcement Sunday.

– The Knicks seem to not want to go any further with talks.  They have made their final offer.  However, the Nuggets want Timofey Mozgov included in the deal.

Chris Broussard reports that the Nets would be interested in a separate trade with Denver for some Knicks players they would acquire in the Melo deal.

– Some sources are saying the Nets have thrown in the towel, while others are saying the exact opposite.  It’s hard to tell what to believe right now.