Isiah Thomas Firing: Finally a Good Move for the Knicks

John LewisSenior Writer IApril 18, 2008

Finally the New York Knicks put an end to the coaching career of Isiah Thomas, at least in New York.  This move comes amid several controversial moments that have made the Knicks the laughing stock of the NBA for years.

Thomas will now report directly to new team President Donnie Walsh and the new man in charge believes that a new coach can help turn around a once proud franchise.  Thomas has lost 59 games this year tying the franchise mark and was informed of his demotion Friday.

This season has been a series of lows for the former Detroit bad boy, being found guilty of sexual harassment, arguing with point guard Stephon Marbury and benching the once sought after Eddy Curry.

There's no question this move will bring a breath of fresh air during the off season and Walsh wants a new coach before the June draft...any takers.

So who would want this job?

Word is that former Knicks point guard Mark Jackson, who is an NBA analyst for the YES network for the New Jersey Nets is the front runner for the job to replace Thomas.  Improving the team after Thomas may not be as difficult as it sounds, let's face it the team can't get much worse.

Other than Jackson it may be hard to find a current coach that would want the job...but think about it bringing the Knicks back from the dead would mean you could write your own ticket anywhere.

It should be an interesting off season for a team with a lot of baggage.