Friday, June 23, 2006

Isiah Thomas has lost his marbles

The Miami Heat haven't yet finished enjoying their moment in the spotlight but it can to an abrupt end today, well at least was put on pause, as the news of the firing of Larry Brown started spreading like wildflower. NY Knicks GM, none-other than Isiah Thomas, fired the legendary coach after only 1 year and with 4 years remaining on his contract.

His firing could be considered his own fault for stepping into this mess that Isiah himself has created. So next season Isiah is going to try and duplicate the success that Pat Riley has enjoyed from building the Heat as the GM then hiring himself as the coach. But Isiah is the mad scientist that thinks above else that because of his success as a player it automatically translates into success as a Head Coach. Well he's going to find out it doesn't happen like that.

In his 3 year head coaching career he guided the Indiana Pacers to three straight playoff appearances with regular season records of 41-41, 42-40, 48-34. Lets also not forget that on that team was Jermaine O'Neal, Reggie Miller, Ron Artest, Scott Pollard, Jamaal Tinsley, Kenny Anderson, All Harrington and Anthony Johnson. That's a team that if I were coaching, I too could lead them to at least the same amount of victories. This current Knicks team is led by 3 Guards that want the ball all time in Jamal Crawford, Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury, other members are Eddy Curry and Jalen Rose. That's a mess that even Larry Brown couldn't turn this team into a winner (23-59)and he has made himself by turning around teams. But then again he wasn't given a chance, it's hard to turn dust into gold in one year. In the season of 88-89 , his first year with the Spurs he had a 21-61 record, the following season he was 56-26. Same with this 76ers, his first year with them in 97-98 they finished 31-51, second year 28-22.

So on comes Isiah Thomas with ego in hand to try and turn this once proud franchise back into the NBA's elite. Well he's going to fall flat on his face and there won't be anyone there to pick him up because he's the genius that put this squad together. I give Isiah two years as coach before he or the owner realize that he's not fit to be either a GM or a Head Coach. They just let one of the games best coaches just walk out the door.

It's been rumored that Larry Brown's next stop could be back in his college state of North Carolina coaching the Charlotte Bobcats. He's built a relationship with now part owner Michael Jordan as both were part of the great UNC teams of Dean Smith. He'll look back at laugh as Isiah rides this sinking ship even further into the dark sea.

Here's a look at Larry Browns coaching career:

Larry Brown timeline
Years Team Record
'72-74 Carolina Cougars 104-64
'74-79 Denver Nuggets 251-134
'79-81 UCLA Bruins 42-17
'81-83 New Jersey Nets 91-67
'83-88 Kansas Jayhawks 135-44
'88-91 San Antonio Spurs 153-131
'91-93 Los Angeles Clippers 64-53
'93-97 Indiana Pacers 190-138
'97-03 Philadelphia 76ers 255-205
'03-05 Detroit Pistons 108-56
'05-06 New York Knicks 23-59
Now compare that to Isiah Thomas:

Isiah Thomas Coaching Record
Season Team Record Playoffs
'00-01 Pacers 41-41 1-3
'01-02 Pacers 42-40 2-3
'02-03 Pacers 48-34 2-4
TOTAL
131-115 5-10

Its easy to see that the Knicks will continue to be a bad team well into the future as long as Isiah Thomas is making the decisions.

4 Comments:

At June 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Pat Riley, I worked for Pat Riley and Isiah Thomas is no Pat Riley

 
At June 23, 2006, Anonymous El Cid said...

Please edit: In his year head coaching career he guided the Indian Pacers to three straight playoff appearances with regular season records of 41-41, 42-40, 48-34.

 
At June 23, 2006, Anonymous El Cid said...

Please edit: In his year head coaching career he guided the Indian Pacers to three straight playoff appearances with regular season records of 41-41, 42-40, 48-34.

 
At July 07, 2006, Blogger Brad said...

Isiah's first round pick of Ronaldo Balkman just goes to show you he has no idea what he is doing. NY Knicks will continue to be the laughing stock of all pro teams.

 

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