Knicks in position to compete in East

Updated: February 16, 2004, 12:26 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
LOS ANGELES -- Maybe Isiah Thomas knows what he's doing, after all.

Sunday's trade that shipped Keith Van Horn to the Bucks and Michael Doleac to the Hawks for Tim Thomas and Nazr Mohammed should put the Knicks in a position to seriously compete in the East.

After taking over what appeared to be one of the worst jumbles of mismatched talent and excessive contracts in the NBA, Isiah has, in the course of two months, made three trades and replaced nine players on the Knicks roster.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer