- Posted: 5:24 PM, June 3, 2011
"I have no desire to return as president of the Knicks," Thomas told ESPN.com on Friday. "I'm not a candidate to replace Donnie. I like the job I have right now, and the toll that the (Knicks) job took on me, my wife, and my kids, I don't want to go through that again."
The Knicks earlier Friday announced Walsh would step down as president and GM and remain only as a consultant through next season.
Thomas has been rumored to be awaiting a return to the Knicks after leaving in 2008. He is now the head coach at Florida International.
A limited role with the Knicks was vetoed by the NBA due to Thomas' role in the college game, but he has long been a favorite of Knicks owner James Dolan, despite Madison Square Garden losing a $12 million sexual harassment suit while in the front office.
"I'll only say that Jim and I are great friends," Thomas told the website, "and I will always try to help him help the Knicks. If he wants me to help, I'll be there for him."
Mike D'Antoni's agent told ESPN.com the head coach wants to return.
"This is the team Mike wants to coach," Warren LeGarie told the website. "He spent two years putting it in position not only to have a winning record but a playoff appearance. This is where he'd like to continue to coach as long as they want him."