New York Knicks

Isiah Thomas: Ready To Ruin The Knicks Once Again

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 16:  Isiah Thomas, Head Coach of the New York Knicks directs the team against The New Jersey Nets during their game on January 16, 2008 at the Izod Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Randy JacksonContributor IJuly 12, 2010

It may come as a shock to some Knicks fans, but it appears that owner James Dolan and the rest of the Knicks brass still seem to think that Isiah Thomas would make an excellent general manager.

Even after he singlehandedly ruined the New York Knicks franchise, team president Donnie Walsh said that he would consider Thomas to run the Knicks once again. "With other people, yes, Isiah would be under consideration from me."

Woah there, Donnie. You would trust Isiah Thomas to run the Knicks?

I am not sure about you Knicks fans, but I would not trust Isiah Thomas to cook me breakfast.

 

Let's take a moment Knicks fans, to refresh our memories and think back to the Isiah Thomas days. No, not his Hall of Fame playing days, but his executive days.

 

First, Thomas decided to buy the Continental Basketball Association in 1998 for $10 million. Thomas quickly ran that league into the ground, as they went bankrupt in 2001.

 

Numerous CBA managers put the blame on Thomas and and his knack for wasteful spending as the reason for the quick demise of the league.

 

Thomas came to the New York Knicks in late 2003 with high expectations, but his tenure was rocked by scandal and a plethora of horrible player personnel decisions.

 

Thomas turned a once-proud franchise with the highest payroll in the National Basketball Association to the laughingstock of the league.

 

He not only tarnished the franchise's reputation, but damaged his own, to the point where the only place he was wanted was with the Golden Panthers from Florida International.

 

During his tenure in New York, Thomas embarrassed the franchise with an ugly sexual harassment trial where the Knicks ultimately had to pay Anucha Brown Sanders $11.5 million.

 

While he was known to have a keen eye for talent in the draft (selecting David Lee and Wilson Chandler) he also traded away Trevor Ariza and passed up on Rajon Rondo for Renaldo Balkman.

 

The same Isiah Thomas who once gave Jerome James a $20 million contract for playing well in one postseason, traded for players with big contracts like Steve Francis, Jalen Rose, Jamal Crawford, and Eddy Curry and acquired Stephon Marbury, one of the biggest disasters in New York sports history, is now being talked about as a possible candidate to reclaim his role as Knicks general manager.

 

Thomas was very influential in bringing Amar'e Stoudemire to New York, drawing much praise from Walsh.

 

Walsh said, "Isiah helped us a lot in getting Amare."

 

Thomas was also dispatched to Dolan to Cleveland in a last-ditch effort to sign LeBron James.

 

The fact that Dolan and the Knicks seem to trust Thomas so much should make Knicks fans quiver in fear.

 

Let's all hope and pray that Thomas does not return to the Knicks, because if he does, he will quickly run the Knicks into the cellar of the Eastern Conference once again.

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