NEW YORK — Donnie Walsh is in. Now he needs a little time before deciding if Isiah Thomas is out.
Walsh was hired Wednesday as the New York Knicks' president of basketball operations, taking one of Thomas' jobs. Sometime soon, he will decide if Thomas keeps the other one as coach. That won't happen yet, though.
Thomas is in Memphis with his team, and Walsh won't determine the coach's future until they have met in person. "I need to sit down with Isiah and have a meaningful basketball conversation," he said.
Thomas was asked if he felt he would need to save his job when they do meet.
"If that's necessary, you know I think with any new boss you have to sell your program," Thomas said. "There'd be some things that hopefully he'll like and I'm sure there will be some things he wants to change."
Walsh hired Thomas to coach the Indiana Pacers in 2000, and both say they enjoy a good relationship. Walsh said they spoke Tuesday, adding that Thomas has a "great basketball mind" and believes he can still help the organization in some way.
Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan gave Walsh full autonomy to shape everything from the team's roster to the organization's media policy.
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