Isiah Thomas, a confidant to New York Knicks owner James Dolan, was reportedly "lukewarm" on Jeremy Lin. (D. Lippitt/Einstein, Getty Images)
With Jeremy Lin set to begin a new chapter in Houston in his already-infamous NBA career, the discussion has now turned to why New York Knicks owner James Dolan, whose MSG stock reportedly lost $100 million over the last week, decided not to match the $25 million offer sheet tendered by the Rockets.
Among those who Dolan reportedly considers confidants is former Knicks coach and president Isiah Thomas, who wasn't sold on Jeremy Lin being a $25 million point guard, according to Henry Abbott of ESPN.com:
Most tellingly, perhaps, Isiah Thomas is close to Dolan, Wesley, Grunwald, Woodson and others with the Knicks, according to sources. The former Knicks president and coach is still a very influential voice in Dolan's ear, and those behind the scenes say he is lukewarm toward Lin.
Despite a Hall-of-Fame career as a point guard for the Detroit Pistons, Thomas' tenure as a coach and executive has been marred by controversy, ranging from a sexual harrasment lawsuit brought on by a former Madison Square Garden employee to a reported drug overdose at his Westchester County residence. In two seasons as head coach of the Knicks, he went 56-108. In April, Thomas was fired as head coach of Florida International.
Although he no longer holds an official position with the Knicks, he is still believed to have close ties as an adviser to the organization.