Monday, June 6, 2011

Isiah Thomas Part II?

Just because you were a great player doesn't mean you'll do great running a professional sports franchise. Wayne Gretzky ruined the Phoenix Coyotes. Michael Jordan drafted Kwame Brown with the #1 pick in the draft. Matt Millen drafted a wide receiver with a top 10 pick 4 times. The skills these former all stars displayed in their playing days didn't translate to upper management whatsoever. Now the rumors are beginning to circulate that Isiah Thomas is a candidate for the New York Knicks GM position.

It wasn't so long ago Isiah was deemed one of the worst (if not the worst) GM in basketball. The hall of fame point guard put together a team with Jerome James and Eddy Curry while trading a draft pick that ended up being the MVP of the league in Derrick Rose. It's obvious to anyone with half a brain that personnel decisions are not his strong suit. The winner of ESPN's fantasy basketball has a better chance of putting together a respectable roster. It is my belief that New York Knicks owner James Dolan doesn't see the big picture. He remembers Isiah as the leader of the 2 time NBA champion Detroit Pistons as opposed to the inept decision maker that saw the Knicks miss the playoffs every single year he was involved with the organization.

If the rumors are true and James Dolan brings Isiah back for a second your of duty the New York Knick fans may revolt. It would almost be worth it to see how much more damage he can do in a short period of time. If you include Eddy Curry's contract, the Larry Brown buyout, and the sexual harassment settlement Thomas has cost the Knicks over $140,000,000. It's safe to say that his judgement has not been stellar and there's no indication that his decision making skills are any better than when he was fired a few years ago. Whether it's because of loyalty, stubbornness, or stupidity the choice to bring back Isiah Thomas would be a grave error. New York City us holding their collective breaths right now. Can't wait to see what happens.

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