To wit, Frank Isola in today's New York Daily News:
"Isiah Thomas mailed letters to his players in August suggesting that they arrive in New York after Labor Day for informal workouts, which is common for NBA teams. Thomas' plan was to encourage his team to begin building camaraderie while removing the ugly memory of last season as soon as possible.Frye and Lee certainly weren't part of the problem last year. I'd like to know who the other two players were. If they were Eddy Curry and Jamal Crawford, that'd be reason for optimism (though not irrational optimism in the spirit of Bench Renaldo's Knicks preview). I think the team source would have mentioned Curry and Crawford prominently had they been there. I'm guessing it was more along the lines of Mardy Collins and Elton Brown hanging out with Frye and Lee.
In theory, it seemed like a great idea. But on the day following the holiday, only four players, including Channing Frye and David Lee, bothered to show up for work, according to a team source."