Knicks News: Isiah Thomas Fired As Head Coach

Jason OSenior Analyst IApril 18, 2008

The inevitable has finally happened. Isiah Thomas has been fired from the head coaching job with the New York Knicks.

Knicks president Donnie Walsh, who took over on April 2, said Thomas would still remain with the team just not as coach.

He is still owed $18 million after he signed the contract extension 13 months ago, he will have no official title with the team but will be used for input.Β 

This was bound to happen and even Isiah must have known. In his two seasons as head coach in New York he has a 56-108 record. After winning just 23 games this season, his .341 winning percentage ranks among the worst five in Knicks franchise history.

Along with his poor winning percentage Thomas didn't help the Knicks salary cap issues when in 2005 he signed Jerome James to $30 million contract. James is injury prone and not a very productive player who over his career averages just 4.3 points per game.

Issues not relating to basketball have also has Thomas in the news for all the wrong reasons. Former Knicks team executive Anucha Browne Sanders filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Thomas.

All of these problems were enough for Donnie Walsh to see the light, and finally decide to sack Thomas.

This Knicks have the talent to make the play-offs in the next few years, but a good coach is needed to steer them in the right direction. Being in the east definitely gives them a chance of making the play-offs next year, if they can get 35-40 wins that could be enough to get them the eighth spot.


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