How much more can he do? Isiah Thomas has led the Knicks from a great team in the 90’s to a team that struggles to beat anyone anymore. Ask anyone; in the 90’s the Knicks were the hardest ticket in town. You couldn’t get them if you tried. Now it is almost the opposite, you can go down and see the Knicks anytime you feel like it. Tickets are available anytime to anyone who wants to go. Even Isiah Thomas a great player from Detroit, and even at one point the 2nd overall pick of the 1981 draft, has lowered his already Hall of Fame resume to all-time lows.
Why did he come back? That is the question I wanted to know in the first place. This guy has two NBA Titles and is already in the Hall of Fame. What more could he gain from coming back? He has destroyed the Knicks. Whether you love him or hate him you have to admit, he took an average rebuilding team and made the one of the worst and most disgraceful teams in the NBA. They are getting to the point where they are now very hard to watch.
Thomas has made several moves in his couple of years in New York, which were very controversial to say the least. By the end of the 2005-2006 season the Knicks had the 2nd worst record in the NBA, and the highest pay roll. To try to fix the wounds he traded away several draft picks, including the second overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and what would become the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. The Knicks received Eddy Curry in return. A very good center who was suppose to develop into the next great center. Curry, who has not been a total bust, has been not as good as the Knicks would have hoped he would have been. Then on the day of the 2007 Draft Thomas made another strange deal. He traded away Steve Francis and Channing Frye for Zach Randolph and Fred Jones (also Dan Dickau who would go on to not make the team). Frye was considered to be a good player in the making and was the 8th pick of the 2005 NBA Draft. Thomas traded him for Zach Randolph, who is a very good player but has seemed to be unable to stay out of trouble. It was the only deal to this point that I agreed with that Thomas had made. Still this team needs talent, and although Randolph does help there are still a lot of flaws on this team. Curry continues to develop into the average player that he will always be. He will never be better than average, though Thomas think differently.
The Knicks now need to start building towards the future, and lets hope the future does not include Isiah Thomas.