Cigarettes are to lungs as Isiah Thomas is to the New York Knicks.
For a team that had such a rich history and was so beloved across the globe, the Knicks went down the pooper, and they went down fast.
Some would argue that this fall from grace all started when Patrick Ewing was traded to the SuperSonics back in 2000, but until Isiah Thomas arrived in 2003, things weren't nearly as bad.
Why don't I give you a brief list of some of the things Isiah Thomas did as Knicks President.
He traded for the old, washed-up Jalen Rose and his $16.9 million contract, but then waived him eight months later so he could save $3 million.
He signed Jerome James to a five-year, $30 million contract. James went on to average about three points and one rebound per game in a Knicks uniform.
He traded Antonio McDyess, two first round picks, and money to the Suns for the two large contracts of Stephon Marbury and the past-his-prime Penny Hardaway.
When Penny Hardaway's contract was expiring and the Knicks could finally get some cap relief, they decided to swap him for another huge contract, past-his-prime player in Steve Francis.
He made a ridiculous trade for Eddy Curry where he gave away three players, two unprotected first round picks (No. 2 and No. 9 selection overall), and a second round pick.
He instigated a brawl between his Knicks and the Denver Nuggets in 2006.
He sexually harassed a former team executive.
And he hired the man responsible for all this turmoil at the Garden as head coach—himself.