Genius? not sure about that, but players respect his game, and Wilkens was a good move IMO.
The Marbury trade may have long-term implications (salary cap, trading picks/prospects, etc) but they now have a marquee player, and more importantly collectively the Knicks have a new "attitude" in the the organization which is probably the most important thing Isiah has brought.
Living in N. FL, I don't follow as closely as some of you, but I am getting excited again (just in time for the end of football season too
Also, the Isles are playing well also (except against a certain rivalry team