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Kurt Thomas
Kurt Thomas
Position: -
Born: 10/04/72
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Earnings: $66,247,985 ($89,215,435*)
Kurt Thomas is considering a comeback, but it won’t be with the Knicks, his longtime agent Jerry Hicks said. Thomas, the 41-year-old power forward who lives in Dallas, has not officially retired after suffering a stress fracture in his left foot last March in his heroic Knicks performance in Salt Lake City against the Jazz. “If the right call comes, he’d come back,’’ Hicks told The Post. “He’d only play for a club that has a legitimate chance at winning a championship. Not the Knicks, I can tell you that.’’
Kurt Thomas is considering a comeback, but it won’t be with the Knicks, his longtime agent Jerry Hicks said. Thomas, the 41-year-old power forward who lives in Dallas, has not officially retired after suffering a stress fracture in his left foot last March in his heroic Knicks performance in Salt Lake City against the Jazz. “If the right call comes, he’d come back,’’ Hicks told The Post. “He’d only play for a club that has a legitimate chance at winning a championship. Not the Knicks, I can tell you that.’’
It’s not only Kidd’s leadership that is missed, Anthony said. The Knicks had cagey veterans that made them the oldest club in NBA history last season. “That makeup of the team was different [last year],’’ said Anthony, who lost another homecoming game in Denver. “With J-Kidd, he was a leader in his own right. He wasn’t a vocal leader like a Rasheed [Wallace] or Kurt Thomas. He was leader by example on the court. His hard work, his play, everyone fed off that. And everyone led in their own way. Now we do miss that — J-Kidd, Kurt, Kurt and Rasheed. Last year as a team we were more synchronized than right now due to chemistry, due to having fun, due to just having one another’s back.’’
Felton pointed to the elderly bench of Rasheed Wallace, Kurt Thomas, Marcus Camby and Jason Kidd, who fell apart in the playoffs, as part of the team’s ultimate undoing, getting KO’d in the second round by the Pacers. With training camp opening Monday, none of those players are back. Three of them have retired. “We’re a younger team this year,’’ Felton said at an Under Armour appearance at Macy’s in Herald Square. “Kurt Thomas, Rasheed, love them like brothers. [But] those guys were 38, 39, 40 years old. Once they got injuries, they’re out and it hurt us last year. We’ve added Metta [World Peace], [Andrea] Bargnani, Kenyon [Martin] and Amar’e [Stoudemire] are coming back. Tim Hardaway [Jr.] looks great by the way. I’ve been most impressed with him. It gives us depth at that big spot and youth. Those guys are younger.”