So I eased into the day today and eventually checked the headlines on ESPN.com and noticed that there is a story about Isiah Thomas posted. I haven't been a fan of Isiah Thomas for many, many years now for a multitude of reasons (e.g. allocation of minutes for a particular center in the Atlanta NBA All-Star game, destruction of the once highly respected New York Knicks, foolish bravado). However, since my morning started off good, I thought I'd read the article.
Evidently, Isiah is "itching" for a return to the Knicks. Fan-tas-tic... **** For those of you that don't know me that well, or can't hear my voice when you read my words, that's SARCASM. Are you even kidding me? He might be itching, but if he actually returns to the Knicks I might vomit or go into a rage like no other.
Honestly, how self-unaware can an individual be? How can he not realize what he did to that team? Does he not recall all the "Fire Isiah" posters and the rallies, petitions from New York Knicks season ticket holders requesting refunds? I will tell you right now, that I used to love the New York Knicks. I was a huge Patrick Ewing fan. In fact, the Georgetown Hoyas losing to Villanova Wildcats in 1985 still devastates me til this day. I rooted for Ewing, Oakley, Starks, Mason, and yes even Charles Smith (i.e. until he missed those bunny shots) for YEARS. Despite my dad telling me that the New York Knicks would never win me an NBA Championship, I stood by that team when Reggie Miller made the choking signs Jordan went "Jordan" on them.
Isiah's reign at Madison Square Garden is something I'd like to forget. In my quest to make it to every professional sporting venue for basketball, baseball, and football ~ would you believe I have yet to make it to a New York Knicks home game? I've seen the Big East semifinals and a New York Rangers game, but I have yet to watch my once beloved Knicks. I can't bring myself to do it, and New York is close enough where I can make a day trip out of it.
I really should check the Knicks' schedule now that Amare Stoudemire is on the squad and the season looks to have more promise.... **** OK, I just checked the schedule and it looks like the Washington Wizards are visiting the Knicks tonight ~ but there's no way that I can make it to the game in time, with the travel that would need to occur. Yeah, that's just how my life works sometimes ~ but I'm fine with it, since I'm not really a Wizards fan. I just need to check out John Wall eventually this year... It's a long season. I need to pace myself.
Back to Isiah and his delusions. Am I really supposed to believe that if Isiah was the president of the Knicks that LeBron James and maybe Dwyane Wade would be wearing New York Knicks jerseys?!?! Seriously?!?! Really?!?! Come on, now. It's no secret how I feel about LeBron taking his talents to South Beach, and I don't want to start fighting a bunch of New Yorkers who believe that the New York is the greatest place on Earth to play sports ~ but of all things that factored in free agency this year, I doubt that the lack of Isiah Thomas' leadership played a factor. I'd bet on it.
I don't know what kind of power Isiah Thomas has over James Dolan, but it's sickening. The fact that Dolan appears to have a short-term memory with regard to Isiah's performance and still tried to bring him on as a consultant is bewildering to say THE LEAST. It's almost like a co-dependent, abusive boyfriend-girlfriend relationship where both parties kick the crap out of each other, but never officially end things because they're too connected. It's CRAZY.
Even if Isiah has basketball merit, the man already cost the organization millions of dollars in a sexual harassment case. I mean, come on.... What else is left for him to do? Oh, that's right ~ he's the missing link in the Knicks recruitment of top NBA talent and the reason why the LeBron is LeGone...
Give me a break.