Knicks a possibility if Walsh leaves Pacers
- Before engaging in more serious talks with the Knicks, Indiana Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh has set up a meeting with Indiana owner Herb Simon early next week, according to a source who has spoken to Walsh.
In the last year of his contract, Walsh wants to sever ties with the Pacers or renew his pact. Most likely, the source said, Walsh wants to be relieved of his Pacers' duties after the meeting. Walsh would feel more comfortable when talking to other teams if cut loose.
If things move swiftly between Walsh and the Knicks, Isiah Thomas could be out before the end of this season.
Walsh and owner James Dolan were on the verge of an interview in the coming days, but it apparently will be postponed until after the Simon meeting. The Bucks' general manager job is open with the firing of Larry Harris. Walsh said he hasn't spoken to Milwaukee, but apparently has interest in the position.
Thomas did not dispute reports Dolan is interested in Walsh, but he also would not comment on them.
"Did you talk to Jim? Did you talk to Donnie?" an edgy Thomas said. "When you get a comment from those two guys, then I'll feel free to comment and speak freely. Until Donnie says something or Jim says something about a story that's been reported about those two gentlemen, you should ask those two gentlemen."
Thomas also said, "I'm very comfortable with where I am with Jim." But when asked directly if he will be the team's coach/president next year, Thomas' truer feelings emerged as he paused several seconds.
"To answer that question, then you get to write and have a whole talk show on it," he said. "I won't comment on my job status anymore. Thanks."