Not since September 2001 has the city of New York seen as much confusion as it has seen since the NBA season tipped off back in October, and Osama Bin Laden has nothing to do with it.
People can point their fingers at Isiah Thomas for the debacle of a storied New York Knick franchise that was once a perennial playoff team.
In recent years, the pride of New York basketball has became the embarrassment of the NBA, compiling a 42-74 record during the two seasons that Thomas has been the coach.
Although Thomas has, at best, had a mediocre coaching career (173-189) with Indiana and New York in five seasons, most of his damage has been done off the court as a general manager.
Just last summer, Madison Square Garden was ordered to pay Anuche Browne Sanders $11.6 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit in which Thomas allegedly called Sanders a "bitch," and forced her to kiss him.
Of course, Thomas didn't have to pay.
It seems that for most of his career in the NBA, Thomas has been a bully in getting his way, and no one seemed to question his judgment.
When he forced Larry Brown, one of the premier coaches in NBA history, to leave the Knicks so he could coach, no one with a reasonable mind in the Knicks' ownership had foresight enough to intervene.
When Thomas thought it would be genius to play two shoot-first-pass-later point guards (Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury) at the same time, no one tugged his coattails to let him know that it would not work.
When Thomas drafted a third point guard, the undersized but passionate Nate Robinson from Washington, and traded for underachieving players in Zach Randolph and Eddy Curry, no one, except the fans in New York, saw the freight train engineered by Thomas collide into the Garden, leaving a pile of crap on the hardwood floor for Knick owner James Dolan to clean up.
Apparently, Dolan is in no rush to save his crumbling franchise from the man who used it and abused it, and turned it into a wasteland of greed, selfishness, hopelessness and unhappiness.
If Dolan is banking on Isiah Thomas to lead the Knicks to a championship, then he needs to file for bankruptcy now because Thomas is only good for destroying teams.
Ask Indiana and Toronto.
Oh, I also forgot to mention that he single-handly brought down the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) league because of his mismanagement, which should have been a clear indication for Dolan not to hire Thomas in the first place.
Bottom line: Thomas is incapable of turning a team into a championship team because he is, and always will be a loser.
Posted by Rob Base at 1:27 PM . Tuesday, January 8, 2008