After last night's loss to the Golden State Warriors, I think it's a foregone conclusion that New York Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas is not lasting another month. (My official guess is Dec. 8 right before the Knicks begin a three-game homestand). I'm sure owner James Dolan and his number crunchers are doing the math right now and let me say, it's not pretty.
I've never seen the terms of Thomas' contract published, though we know that he was given a mysterious multi-year extension last March. The Knicks, by the way, were an unimpressive 29-34 at the time. The team is 6-23 since the extension.
Here's the main problem from a financial standpoint. Because Dolan and Thomas were in cohoots together on the sexual harassment lawsuit(that cost the Knicks $11.6 million), it's impossible for Dolan to have any just cause for terminating Thomas. That means, at least to start, Thomas is owed his full salary even though these things are often settled.
Add to the tally the fact that if Thomas is fired, the Knicks chance of a successful appeal of the sexual harassment lawsuit goes out the window. Yes, I know, the sexual harassment appeal is supposed to be evaluated on the merits of the case, but just knowing that Thomas would no longer be an employee of Madison Square Garden is enough to hurt the story they tried to tell the first time around. So Anucha Browne Sanders can pretty much start spending that money.