NEW YORK (WFAN) – Perhaps it’s time for Knicks fans to admit Isiah Thomas will never completely disappear.
The embattled former Knicks president and coach was seen sharing a table with interim head coach Mike Woodson on Tuesday in White Plains, according to the New York Post, just “hours” after the promotion of general manager Glen Grunwald.
Woodson, Thomas and Grunwald all played college hoops together at Indiana University.
“I’m not commenting on that,” Woodson told the paper. “I’m entitled to eat with whomever I want to eat with.’’
Thomas’ reign at Madison Square Garden was mired by controversy off the court and sub-par basketball on it. His influence on the team — Thomas was reportedly a key player in last year’s Carmelo Anthony trade — could be felt long after his departure from New York.
Fired earlier this month as coach of Florida International University, Thomas has “lobbied hard” to rejoin the Knicks, though owner James Dolan is “not inclined to hire him in an official capacity,” the Post reported.
Meanwhile, Dolan and the Knicks have a big decision looming.
Kentucky coach John Calipari and “Zen Master” Phil Jackson are both rumored to be on the team’s short list at head coach. But even with those big names, you can’t discount the turnaround Woodson has orchestrated since taking over for Mike D’Antoni.
“Woody’s done a fantastic job,” Grunwald said Wednesday. “I can’t give him enough credit for the job he’s done. Normally, coaching changes don’t result in such a dramatic improvement in the team performance, so I think that speaks very well of him.”
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