NY Knicks Take One Step Forward, Completely Fall Over Backwards

Bill AquavivaContributor IIAugust 7, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 16: New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas watches the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden March 16, 2008 in New York City. 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 Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Forget the two steps back, this weekend the New York Knicks completely fell over backwards with their announcement of hiring former coach, GM, and all-around destroyer of New York City basketball as a consultant.

Why would the Knicks (1) make this move to begin with and (2) admit to doing it even if they did?  There is no possible positive outcome to this debacle.  Knicks management continues to look like clueless fools, the Knicks franchise appears doomed to continue their decade long ineptitude, despite the signing of Amare Stoudamire. 

I don't care how helpful Isiah was in bringing Amare to the Knicks - if he even was helpful; I think that's just "spin" to placate the shocked and screaming Knicks fans.  You know what brought Amare to New York?  Money, and lots of it.  LeBron chose a place where he could win a title and Amare chose a place where he can cash in.  You know what happens when players go to teams just for the money - 9 times out of 10 the team doesn't win a championship and the player's stats decline.

Combine this with the rival New Jersey, soon to be Brooklyn Nets opening a new stadium and making things even more miserable for the Knicks, and you have a PR nightmare.  And how do the Knicks combat that PR nightmare?  They hire the man who almost single-handedly made the Knicks the Oakland Raiders of the NBA - a team with looney ownership, unqualified coaching, high-priced busts (yes, you Stephon Marbury) and year after year of losing.

The only good news is that he's not the coach or GM again (at least not yet).  Sorry Florida International - Isiah's still your full time problem.