The Daily News’ Frank Isola takes some exception with the team’s handling of Kurt Thomas’ release in the wake of adding forward
James Singleton Solomon Jones to their thin front line. New York didn’t have much choice, as injuries to just about every able bodied big man pretty much forced their hand, but the long-time beat man faults the handling:
Grunwald won’t be erring in releasing Thomas. The Knicks have to do something. Is it cold-blooded? Absolutely. But as they say in that famous movie about a family, “It’s business, nothing personal.”
That’s not to say Thomas’ exit couldn’t have been handled a bit better. When Thomas learned of his pending fate on Wednesday, he was asked not to speak to reporters. Imagine that. You’re being fired, your career may be over, you need surgery because you played hurt and now some insensitive former co-worker wants you to show a little loyalty.
Hey, there’s one in every family, right?
First, when you have a chance to get Solomon Singleton — wait, who did we get again? — you do it and ask questions later.
Ok, so for real, I don’t know if there really is a nice way to cut a guy, though I suppose a nice Edible Arrangement would be one way to go. ”Congratulations on a nice career, Kurt. Here’s some rotting fruit shaped like a basketball!”
The exit of Thomas is one of those unfortunate things for sure, and it would have been nice to have ole’ Kurt sitting on the bench during the playoff run to glare that glare with those death-ray eyes, but make no mistake, that’s all it would have been. Isola’s general characterization of the way the Knicks treat their people may have merit — I really can’t say, though I suspect there’s a lot to it — but it’s hard to get too worked up in this situation, as I’m not really sure there was anything else that could have been done.
Don’t get me wrong, it stinks, but such is life.