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He's Just That Bad, Boy: A Look at Isiah Thomas' Questionable Coaching Career

MIAMI - APRIL 15:  Isiah Thomas talks to the media after he was introduced as the new head coach for Florida International Univeristy men's basketball team at U.S.Century Bank Arena on April 15, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Tobias FunkeContributor IAugust 26, 2009

Isiah Thomas was one of the greatest point guards ever to play the game, but since his retirement, Thomas' legacy has become his epic failures in running teams. But was he an even worse coach than we remember? Is that possible?

Let's take a look at the numbers. As a coach in the NBA, Thomas accumulated a career record of 187-223 and a winning percentage of .456. That's bad. Mike Dunleavy, widely considered the worst coach in the NBA right now, has a percentage of .462.

But what makes it even worse is the dropoff that teams had once Thomas took over. He had a winning record of 131-115 in three seasons with Indiana, but the Pacers won 56 games and went to the NBA Championship game the year before he got there and went to the Eastern Conference Finals the two years previous. Thomas never even got them out of the first round.

When Thomas took over the Knicks head coaching job, there wasn't much he could do because the team's President of Basketball Operations had left them with little to no talent. The thing is, Thomas was the President of Basketball Operations.

He leaves a trail of destruction wherever he goes, and that's not even mentioning how he ran the CBA into the ground.

Now that he is the coach of Florida International, you can expect the same, and things are already starting to go south. Set to face North Carolina in the opening round of a tournament, Thomas threw a fit because that's not who they were originally scheduled to play. Not even one game of college coaching under his belt and he is already turning the team into a laughingstock.

FIU looks to be just one more notch on the nightmare that is Isiah Thomas' coaching career.

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