10 November 2010
There’s a big difference between confidence and just plain ol’ crazy. Right now, Isiah Thomas is not only riding the crazy train but the head conductor of it as well after the article I just read. Thomas wants another shot at running the NY Knicks! Not only does he want another shot, but he strongly believes that he can deliver a title, bring the Knicks back to greatness, and get LeBron and possibly D-Wade in a Knicks jersey in 2014! I don’t know what he is smoking, but I want some of that, because it obviously has him feeling very good.
Somewhere in the U.S., ESPN writers are getting a good hearty chuckle at this article. I don't see how the interviewer kept a straight face because Isiah honestly believes what he let come out of his mouth. So, in case you haven't seen it yet, let’s take a look at some of the questionable items of the interview.
First up, let's take a look at the topic of LeBron James. Isiah had a vision of LeBron in a Knicks jersey from the moment he entered the NBA in 2003. Apparently, he had a 7 year plan then to get LeBron in 2010. One of his key pieces for luring LeBron to NY included, (pause for dramatic effect) wait for it…Eddy Curry! WHAT?! Jamal Crawford was also on this list. but Thomas felt that those guys had previous history with LeBron and that would be a key ingredient as well. On top of that, he was cocky enough to think that he could get Dwayne Wade too. There was a great genius at work here, because he ultimately expected Curry to opt out of his contract in order to clear cap space for James. So, Eddy Curry was not only going to be used to lure LeBron there, but he was going to opt out of his contract to make way for LeBron as well? The icing on the cake is that he believes that if he can get in the driver’s seat of the Knicks again, he can get James in 2014.
If that wasn’t crazy enough, he honestly believes that he made great moves to put the Knicks on a successful path while he was there. Moves such as bringing in Stephon Marbury to resuscitate the franchise are on that list. Not to mention acquiring such studs as Vin Baker, Jared Jeffries, and Jerome James. He actually takes credit for the success of Zach Randolph, David Lee, and Jamal Crawford. Yea, because the Zach Randolph experiment was a huge success there, buddy. Not to mention that he claims the only reason that the only reason that the Knicks didn’t make the playoffs in 2007 was due to injuries.
Let’s not forget that Isiah has been around the block a few times in the league, working for franchises such as Toronto, and Indiana. He’s been fired in all three instances. But, as he claims, it hasn’t been for basketball reasons.
Isiah is short a lot of marbles all the way around. No way was he getting LeBron to the Garden, especially not with the pieces that were in place there. He left Cleveland after they had the best record two years running; there is no way that he was going to be a Knicks with all the drama that was going on there. You messed up things so bad that some former players needed psychological help (Marbury). David Lee was willing to go play for the Golden State Warriors before he went back to the Knicks. The Knicks were able to sign Amar'e Stoudemire somehow, but no one else worth signing was willing to follow him. Then to have the cockiness to believe that if you get another shot with the organization, that you’ll get LeBron in 2014.
If the Knicks bring you back then the whole organization needs to go play in rush hour traffic while blindfolded. There is no way you could possibly think about bringing him back. I can count on one hand how many positive things he set up there. On top of that, he leaves after a harassment scandal that rocked the whole organization. What is there to think about?
The league needs to put up posters around the league with Isiah’s face on them advising anyone who loves their basketball organizations to avoid contact at all costs. Anyone crazy enough to hire him deserves what they get. I really don’t know what he is on, but someone needs to stage an intervention because he’s obviously abusing it. The fact that you believe that you are one of the best things to happen to the Knicks in the past decade….I think every Knick fan will agree with me….C’Mon Son!
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