Isiah Thomas was a great NBA player, but he was an awful, AWFUL executive.
Let's just take a look at some of the moves he made as Knicks GM:
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 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, worst of all, he hired the man responsible for all this turmoil at the Garden as head coach—himself.