Earlier this week, it was revealed that Isiah Thomas would not be able to become a consultant with the New York Knicks, due to NBA bylaws regarding his status as head coach of Florida International University, an NCAA Division I men's basketball team.
This consultant position, offered by Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, was highly criticized by Knicks fans and management alike, with Donnie Walsh reportedly becoming furious over the potential reunion.
And although Isiah did a lot of horrible things (Stephon Marbury and Eddy Curry trades, signing Jerome James) while he ran the Knicks as the president/GM/coach, but bringing him in to work strictly as a consultant wouldn't be that bad, would it?
I mean, after all, he did have a substantial level of success in his drafts, and talent evaluator was to be one of his primary responsibilities.
However, the consultant role might not have been what Dolan had in mind, due to the fact that it was believed that this role might have been a stepping stone on Isiah's return as Knicks' GM.
And Isiah's return as Knicks' GM would certainly not be a good thing.
However, when he was with the Knicks he inherited a bad team and didn't make them too much worse. Furthermore, at the time, no one could have predicted how terrible his acquisition of Stephon Marbury could have been.
Therefore, there could be worse candidates, such as these five individuals: The five people who would be a worse GM for the Knicks than Isiah Thomas.