Former Team President/Coach/General Manager Isiah Thomas has never been one to bite his tongue with comments regarding the New York Knicks. On Thursday ‘Zeke took to the Sid Rosenberg show to express his opinions on the Knicks acquisition of Tyson Chandler.
Marc Berman of the NYPost reports:
Thomas said the NBA has become a guard’s league, and the Knicks cannot win solely with a star-powered frontcourt of Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. The Chandler commitment cost them a shot at point guard Chris Paul with next summer’s salary cap space, and Paul was subsequently dealt to the Clippers.“The guard play right now in the NBA is off the charts,’’ Thomas said. “Losing Chauncey, I thought he brought a veteran leadership to the team. His savviness and guard play has always been severely undervalued. Detroit found that out when they let Chauncey go. I think there was a certain amount of leadership to what he brought to [the Knicks] last year.’’Thomas defended Mike D’Antoni, saying it is tough to win with the guards the coach has.
“If you don’t have great guards, it’s hard to put together a game plan,’’ Thomas said.
‘Zeke’s comments regarding Bigs vs Guards is not surprising, he himself is a Multi- Champion point-guard and beileves guards can lead a team to the promise land. The general consensuses is that the Knicks have been without a front court defensive presence in over 10 years and the Tyson Chandler move was needed. However Thomas may have risen a great point, the Knicks are struggling at the guard position, Toney Douglas is still learning on the job and back-up veteran Mike Bibby looks like just that. Fans are banking on the return of Baron Davis to the point to save the team from Guard self-destruction. Essentially losing Billups for Chandler is the better option for the long-term, but for now the Knicks are still missing the guard help they had with Billups last season.
Daily Knicks Peeps, is Isiah Tomas right?