Walsh: No Decision Yet on Isiah

Thomas a hot topic at introductory press conference
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 2, 2008 9:48 PM CDT
New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas talks to Wilson Chandler, left, and Fred Jones on the bench during a timeout.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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(Newser) – Embattled Knicks coach—and former president—Isiah Thomas was a popular subject at the inaugural press conference of Donnie Walsh, his replacement at the top of the organization. However, Walsh offered no immediate judgment of Thomas's performance in New York, speaking of him only in vague and positive terms: "He has a great basketball mind."

Thomas has also coached the Pacers under Walsh, who spent 24 years with that franchise before defecting this week. The native New Yorker emphasized that he came to his new team with no fixed preconceptions: "Even though you can look at a franchise, you don't really know a franchise until you find out what's happening."