Isiah Thomas; Yankees jacket arrest

Behind The News
December 19, 2007 1:23:04 PM PST
Listen to Isiah Thomas speak -- whether as a coach now or an incredibly talented player way back when -- and you get the idea that the man is trying very hard to measure every word. Every single word. He speaks in public so slowly, so deliberately, so utterly devoid of emotion. He certainly doesn't coach without emotion. And he certainly didn't play without emotion. But he talks - and has always talked -- with such calm purpose that at times it seems a bit creepy. What's he really thinking? It's always been difficult to know.

Thomas' tenure as the Knicks' general manager and head coach has not been successful. He came with such high expectations, with so much money on the line and behind him. After another horrible start to the season, which followed a horrible off-season spent in court fighting, unsuccessfully, a sex harassment lawsuit by a former colleague -- Thomas is now the target of a loosely organized fan revolt.

You can hear the chants of "Fire Isiah" at the games. You know the players hear it. And the coach himself. And the team owners.

And there's a "Fire Isiah" poster in the Daily News that fans are supposed to hold up during the team's "next blowout."

The man who embodies the fans; displeasure, Jason Silverstein, vows to return to the Garden tonight for the Knicks game against the Cavaliers -- despite his ejection during the last game for holding up a "Fire Isiah" sign.

Jim Dolan is covering what has become more than a sports story for us, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, he says he was arrested simply for wearing a Yankees jacket. And because he kinda sorta matched the description of someone who had robbed a teenager at knifepoint, 35-year-old Benjamin Soto of Staten Island spent a week in Rikers Island, suspected of robbery. The charges were quietly dropped, but Soto is not quietly dropping the incident. Understandably.

And finally, for all those who observe, this is the beginning of the four-day Muslim holiday called Eid (pronounced Eeed) al-Adha. The period helps ensure that compassion and devotion are passed on to future generations.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Marvell Scott (in for Scott Clark) with the rest of the night's sports. I hope you can join us, tonight at 11.