by Micah Hart
You may recall earlier this summer, a certain member of the Cleveland Cavaliers decided to ply his trade elsewhere. You may also recall that the owner of said franchise did not take it too kindly, and made a bold prediction as to the championship prospects of both the Cavs and Heat, like so:
“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”
Surely that would be the most ludicrous championship guarantee this calendar year, yes? Not so fast, says Isiah Thomas.
In an interview with Ian O’Connor for ESPNNewYork.com today, the former Knicks exec and current coach at Florida International discussed his tenure in New York, which according to him may not be entirely over. The relevant text:
Isiah believes that, with or without James, he will someday help the Knicks win their first NBA title since 1973.
“I want to be on the float and I want to get my ring,” Thomas said.
Hmmm, Isiah coming back to run the Knicks. What say you, Knicks fans?
Whose proclamation is more likely to come to fruition’?
On the one hand, the Cavs seem pretty far from a title right now after the LeBron devastation. They are old, they don’t have a lot of cap space, and the Heat could win a title as early as this season. Things look pretty bleak.
On the other hand, the sheer audacity of the notion of Isiah coming back to run the Knicks after the tattered mess he left during his previous tenure is staggering. Say what you want about Dan Gilbert‘s statement, but at least he has a team. If New York let Isiah so much as run their fantasy league, I think Knicks fans would seriously consider moving to New Jersey.
What do you think?
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