How desperate are the Knicks to get LeBron? Isiah Thomas made their final pitch.

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ithomas.jpgThere’s a long list of things that were just never going to work but got tried anyway. Napoleon invading Russia. Cop Rock. Lindsay Lohan and acting lessons.

Isiah Thomas selling New York to LeBron James.

Yes, that last one really happened. We’re not so sure about Lohan and acting lessons.

When the Knicks needed to make one last desperate pitch to LeBron, it was Isiah Thomas that owner James Dolan sent to Cleveland, according to Frank Isola at the New York Daily News.

Dolan loves Thomas. To the point of it blinding him to Thomas’ faults. So we’re talking a whole lot of blinding love here.

The irony is delicious, however. If not for Thomas’ collecting bad contracts like some people collect stamps, the Knicks would have been able to put in a foundation of players that might have attracted LeBron. Maybe. But they wouldn’t be in the desperate spot they are now.

You know the best part? If LeBron surprises us all and goes to New York, Dolan is going to think it was Thomas that did it. Maybe he can give him his old job back, too.

C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrantly fouling Gordon Hayward (video)

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I’m not sure C.J. McCollum meant to grab Gordon Hayward‘s neck. The 6-foot-8 Hayward elevated, and the 6-foot-4 McCollum just might not have been able to get high enough to make a play on the ball.

But McCollum did grab Hayward’s neck.

It was a dangerous and unnecessary play, especially in the preseason.

Report: Mavericks may be team interested in Larry Sanders

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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.

Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.

Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.

His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.

He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.