As speculation swirls about Phil Jackson’s next gig —- Minneapolis, Cleveland, Los Angeles or New York —- Knicks GM Isiah Thomas takes stock of the 2004-2005 campaign, as reported by the New York Times’ Howard Beck.
In a postseason meeting with the Knicks’ players and coaches Thursday morning, Thomas was said to be angry and animated and sometimes profane. But an hour later, when he addressed the team’s future publicly, Thomas’s demeanor was decidedly more measured.
“I went through a lot of range of emotions over these last two weeks,” Thomas said. “Angry, mad, disappointed, embarrassed. I’m not used to being on this side.”
Despite the Knicks’ failure to make the playoffs, or even win half their games, Thomas said changes to the roster would be moderate.
“I really like what we have,” he said. “When you’ve lost 30 games by 6 points or less, there’s some hope. So we’re not as far away as our record would indicate.”
In games decided by no more than 6 points, the Knicks actually went 12-22, a sign that they lacked the cohesion and precision necessary to perform under pressure. Injuries played a role, preventing them from establishing a consistent rotation. But continual change has also been an issue, with Thomas overhauling the roster during his 16 months as the team’s president.
Still, Thomas would not rule out a major trade and, for the first time, said no player on the roster was untouchable. “The way I feel right now, I’d trade my mother if the right deal came along,” he said.