In his ability to handle dual roles, ...

In his ability to handle dual roles, Thomas hitting at 50 percent

There are 9 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 8, 2007, titled In his ability to handle dual roles, Thomas hitting at 50 percent. In it, Newsday reports that:

From the opening tipoff in the opening game until now, the entire Knicks season has been about the fate of one man.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Newsday.

BCM

Holbrook, NY

#1 Feb 13, 2007
Brother, you are always on point.
gerry

Montréal, Canada

#2 Feb 13, 2007
Dont sugar coat it: the team was a mess before 2003, it became an international joke once Thomas took over.
I've stopped wearing my overpriced Knicks gear when I travel because you dont want to be reminded in Greece or Italy: "Ah Newyorka ..basketball no play good. Big, big money city but caca team".

I DARE you to find a team which has been so ridiculed. Try to find one in a city which has so much to offer with unlimited coffers.
There isnt.

Thomas might be able to relate to players but to keep him as a coach makes no sense. If youre gonna do it, rip the bandaid right off.
You really want a new GM to have to deal with Thomas' backstabbing as well as a koolaid kiddy crew who will have their loyalties with the coach? What GM in his right mind would want that?

As a New Yorker temporarily working in Canada, I've seen the Raptors play quite a bit over the past 16 months.
I suggest we stop finding excuses or reasons to prolong this misery and do like Toronto's younger Colangelo: BOOM!! 9 new players.

Every time we see the young Raptors succeed, Knicks fans should get mad and say "That should be us".

Im not sure if you have first-second hand knowledge of divorces but this is the same situation; hoping that a trial separation will solve huge problems.
That's your solution for Thomas; have him stick around and poison the atmosphere for the guy who will take his place.
(has this EVER worked well? Even with people who have a great deal of humility, this would be a bitter pill to swallow but with a vindictive and vicious Isaiah...)

End of year: new GM with a real rebuilding plan (and stop drafting just the long, athletic and clueless and maybe try to find high basketball IQ players), new coaching crew and take a wrecking ball to this mess.
There are no elements in it to make this a contending 'team'. There are however enough individual talents to make this a 500 team and a first round exit every year but nothing more.

And lets face it, history has shown that whatever team Starbury leaves get noticeably better.
At the rate the team is going, we might as well try to get a little karma going our way.

And karma will always come back to bite you, just look at the pathetic Nets. On paper, they should be wiping the floor with their Titanic division teams.
But bring in Vince Carter as the missing piece and karma will punish you.

My Name is Gerry.
And Im a Knicks fan.
Dunbar

United States

#3 Feb 13, 2007
Mr. Powell, let me start off by saying I've been a sometime reader to your columns over the years and for the most part your pretty knowledgeable. But this time your off base. Name me a hi profile pro basket ball job where the coach doesn't just shop without cooking the groceries(Riley, Pop, Mcmillian, Sloan and avery johnson)? It took Riley over tens years to get it right and Pop had to tank a season to land Tim Duncan. You were right when you stated that Isaiah should have made a recomendation to rebuild upon arrival. But who's to say he didn't. NY hasn't made a rebuilding effort since 78. Yes, I too question some of the GM deals. His gravest mistake is making one too many deals and hiring a coach that may have seen his better days. The knicks payrool going into next will be around 75-80mil. A far cry from 130mil. Definetely workable for recruiting future talent. Isaiah has one more trade in him if he's serious about Titles in NY. Find away to pair Eddy, Marbury and KG together.

Thanks for the time...

By the way lets remember he drafted Balkman, Ariza, Nate, Collins, Camby, Mcgrady and stoudimire...
Dunbar

United States

#4 Feb 13, 2007
gerry wrote:
Dont sugar coat it: the team was a mess before 2003, it became an international joke once Thomas took over.
I've stopped wearing my overpriced Knicks gear when I travel because you dont want to be reminded in Greece or Italy: "Ah Newyorka ..basketball no play good. Big, big money city but caca team".
I DARE you to find a team which has been so ridiculed. Try to find one in a city which has so much to offer with unlimited coffers.
There isnt.
Thomas might be able to relate to players but to keep him as a coach makes no sense. If youre gonna do it, rip the bandaid right off.
You really want a new GM to have to deal with Thomas' backstabbing as well as a koolaid kiddy crew who will have their loyalties with the coach? What GM in his right mind would want that?
As a New Yorker temporarily working in Canada, I've seen the Raptors play quite a bit over the past 16 months.
I suggest we stop finding excuses or reasons to prolong this misery and do like Toronto's younger Colangelo: BOOM!! 9 new players.
Every time we see the young Raptors succeed, Knicks fans should get mad and say "That should be us".
Im not sure if you have first-second hand knowledge of divorces but this is the same situation; hoping that a trial separation will solve huge problems.
That's your solution for Thomas; have him stick around and poison the atmosphere for the guy who will take his place.
(has this EVER worked well? Even with people who have a great deal of humility, this would be a bitter pill to swallow but with a vindictive and vicious Isaiah...)
End of year: new GM with a real rebuilding plan (and stop drafting just the long, athletic and clueless and maybe try to find high basketball IQ players), new coaching crew and take a wrecking ball to this mess.
There are no elements in it to make this a contending 'team'. There are however enough individual talents to make this a 500 team and a first round exit every year but nothing more.
And lets face it, history has shown that whatever team Starbury leaves get noticeably better.
At the rate the team is going, we might as well try to get a little karma going our way.
And karma will always come back to bite you, just look at the pathetic Nets. On paper, they should be wiping the floor with their Titanic division teams.
But bring in Vince Carter as the missing piece and karma will punish you.
My Name is Gerry.
And Im a Knicks fan.
Knick fan you. How could you be a knick fan sounding like a clone for these NY media heads. Did you read any part of Powells colum(I can't believe I'm taking the time to rebut your comments lol)? For the mere fact that you made mention of Rod Thorns team prooves your mental capacity is off sir. Thorn maybe the best GM in the game period. But back to Isaiah. Stop this madness about marbury leaving and teams getting better. I can play point in phoenix(remember they were a playoff team when he left and still haven't won)and how good is minnesota? Isaiahs job is incomplete. I'll give you that, but it's not time to ax the man yet!!!
Dunbar

United States

#5 Feb 13, 2007
How could you be a knick fan sounding like a clone for these NY media heads. Did you read any part of Powells colum(I can't believe I'm taking the time to rebut your comments lol)? For the mere fact that you made mention of Rod Thorns team prooves your mental capacity is off sir. Thorn maybe the best GM in the game period. But back to Isaiah. Stop this madness about marbury leaving and teams getting better. I can play point in phoenix(remember they were a playoff team when he left and still haven't won)and how good is minnesota? Isaiahs job is incomplete. I'll give you that, but it's not time to ax the man yet!!!
Cicero

Chicago, IL

#6 Feb 13, 2007
As usual, Shaun, you've managed to raise my blood pressure 20 points! I think you're selling Isiah short by overlooking his ability as a basketball talent evaluator, and as a GM.

You fault him for not convincing Dolan to implode the Knicks completely and rebuild, but you and I both know that "rebuilding" and "New York" are mutually exclusive terms. Taking that as a given, I think that Isiah has performed brilliantly in his role as a GM. The exception, in my opinion, being the signing of Jerome James. The rest of the moves were talent upgrades at every turn. Even the questionable ones, made at behest of the never satisfied Larry Brown, were talent improvements, although they didn't make sense from a personnel standpoint.

If you couldn't tell, I've been a supporter of Isiah since his hire, however I believe I've been objective enough to be critical of the moves he's made w/the Knicks to admit when a mistake was made. And saving the aforementioned example, I was able to walk away from his deals saying 'I can see what's he trying to do.'

If you can see the forest through the trees, you'll see Isiah in the middle leading the Knicks to prominence.
Rick from brklyn

United States

#7 Feb 13, 2007
Your comments mr. Shaun Powell on I. Thomas are fraudulent as you left out the Curry trade, try to be honest next time and drop the agenda
venom

Albany, NY

#8 Feb 13, 2007
Rick from brklyn wrote:
Your comments mr. Shaun Powell on I. Thomas are fraudulent as you left out the Curry trade, try to be honest next time and drop the agenda
Powell has something in common with Isiah. Powell is also barly correct 50% of the time in his observations. He mixes opinion with fact too often too be taken too seriously, like most guys with the "sports journalist' by-line
Raphael

Knoxville, TN

#9 Feb 14, 2007
Hate to get off subject, but there's talk about the Suns getting better when Stephon left, also the Suns becoming more better when Nash got there; I like to talk about the Mavs getting "mo better" when Nash left!! Oh, by the way, the Knicks got better when coach Brown left...

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Jerome James Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Knicks on the 'pay no mind' list (Feb '08) Mar '12 terrome porter 21
News Isaiah Rider (Apr '10) Apr '10 BD Gopherfan 1
News Is Morris the real deal? - AM New York (Mar '07) Jan '10 glen wildeforde 3
News Phoenix Suns: Amare, Nash, Shaq And The Draft (Jun '09) Jun '09 col 3
News Knicks' new guys could face Raptors (Feb '09) Feb '09 Tiffany 12
News Chicago Bulls trade Larry Hughes to Knicks for ... (Feb '09) Feb '09 Jeebs 223
News Knicks turn down Nate Robinson trade, pick up L... (Feb '09) Feb '09 Tiffany 28
More from around the web