Frank Isola, beat writer for the NY Daily News (and fellow Isiah conspiracist) reports via twitter that Amar’e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert and Shawne Williams will not report to Knicks camp until next week. The reason for their delayed arrival: a few workouts at the college of Isiah.
I don’t think this is a huge deal but I hate hearing any deal of involvement of Knicks down at FIU. Obviously Isiah has to be involved in some capacity. I doubt he’s running a workout or anything like that but obviously he knows those players are there and they might be there because Isiah is there. Clearly Dolan and Isiah’s still have each other on speed dial. Isiah is clearly involved with the Knicks and their front office decisions. Stoudemire’s back problems, Williams’ free agency, Shumpert is the first round pick. Who better to get a look at them then the back room puppet Isiah Thomas? Any decision Dolan and Knicks hierarchy make will run through Isiah and will be checked off by Isiah. I wish this weren’t the case but unfortunately it is. Why else would an NBA front office legend like Donnie Walsh be dismissed after leading the team to their first playoff season since 2003? Intern GM Glen Grundwald has ties to Isiah. Clearly Dolan still has his fat fingers in the cookie jar (see Carmelo Anthony firesale). Despite the fact that Isiah and guitar Jim will try and screw this up, it is very hard to mess up a team with this much talent. Not saying they can’t do it, but it should be a bit harder. Donnie Walsh laid the foundation for a great team, lets see what Sonny and Cher can do with it.Follow @tarmosino