As you may have heard earlier, Isiah will report directly to Donnie Walsh. This was the first “detail” we heard about his position. Next, we were informed that Isiah, in this esteemed job, would have “no official title” but would provide “meaningful input” to Walsh.
Since those public comments a few days ago, Zeke’s responsibilities have come into even clearer focus. In today’s New York Daily News, Knicks beat writer Frank Isola reports that, according to a team source, “Thomas has been barred from having any contact with the team as part of his reassignment agreement with Knicks president Donnie Walsk.”
OK, so let us recap.
1. Isiah Thomas is fired as coach but Walsh indicates he will remain with the organization due to his tremendous value and ability to contribute to the success of the team and franchise
2. It’s revealed that Isiah will report directly to Donnie Walsh
3. Thomas will have “no official” title
4. Zeke is banned from having any contact with the team
So, here’s our question? What exactly is Zeke going to do for the Knicks? Our guess, absolutely nothing. While we welcome that concept, some could argue Thomas is getting a pretty decent deal…and we thought Jerome James had a good thing going. Hang out at the Garden every day. Watch some basketball. Maybe occasionally go scout a few players. Oh yes, and of course provide “meaningful input” to Mr. Walsh. As in, “Mr. Walsh, we’re out of Splenda, I’d recommend Sweet and Low or Equal as an alternate choice.” Perhaps the best-paid secretary in employment history.
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