Learning from Past Mistakes in New York?

Posted on August 15, 2010 by


The following is from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News (via ESPN.com).

(Isiah) Thomas has convinced (James) Dolan that he can deliver Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks next summer – assuming the All-Star forward doesn’t sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension with Denver. With the Knicks failing to sign LeBron James last month, Dolan’s faith in team president Donnie Walsh and head coach Mike D’Antoni has waned, particularly when it comes to recruiting today’s young players.  It is Thomas’ thinking that if he can land Anthony or a player such as New Orleans point guard Chris Paul, it will enhance his tarnished image among Knicks fans and potentially clear the way for him to return to take over the club again. Dolan’s telling statement last Wednesday all but guarantees Thomas playing a role.

So Isiah Thomas can restore his reputation by bringing Melo to the Knicks?  As Tom Haberstroh and I noted last week, Carmelo Anthony is not worth the money the Nuggets have offered.  But Anthony does fit the profile of the “star” players Isiah Thomas consistently brought to New York when he was in charge

These statements suggest that Isiah Thomas and the Knicks still haven’t figured out why the Knicks failed to succeed with Isiah in charge.  Maybe someone needs to write a book about this :)

– DJ

P.S. And yes, if Isiah could land Chris Paul, then this is a different story.  One senses from the article, though, that Thomas and the Knicks see Melo as the better player.  At least, the focus of the article is on Anthony.