Knicks owner James Dolan would like to see Isiah Thomas back with the club in some official capacity, but surprisingly it's Thomas who has cold feet about the proposed reunion. As it stands now, it doesn't seem likely that we'll see Thomas re-hired by the Knicks, though the former coach will likely continue to be an unofficial consultant for Dolan. Here's tonight's non-Isiah news out of New York..
- The Knicks offered Patrick Ewing an opportunity to coach the D-League's Erie BayHawks, but the team's former star center turned it down, tweets Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Ewing, who previously worked for the Magic and interviewed for a couple of head coaching jobs this summer, would prefer to stay in the NBA.
- One source told Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com that Ewing felt slighted by the club's offer to coach in the D-League. "Patrick has paid his dues," the source said. "He was a little insulted."
- Earlier tonight, the Knicks signed former Northwestern forward John Shurna to a contract and Begley (via Twitter) notes that his deal will be for the minimum salary with a partial guarantee that becomes fully guaranteed if he is on the roster on January 10th.
- Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com looks at some of the top Knicks storylines that just won't go away. Among them are the club's pursuit of Chris Paul, which Zwerling classifies as a longshot.