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Isiah to return with Clippers? (UPDATE)

Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:59 am
Edited on: March 26, 2009 4:09 pm

You knew he would come back. You just didn't know when. Or where. Or in which basketball league.

My friend and colleague, Chris Sheridan of, reports that the Clippers have had discussions with disgraced Knicks executive Isiah Thomas about an unspecified role in their front office . So this is what it's come to for Isiah. The Clippers. I guess the Fort Wayne Mad Ants aren't hiring.

Thomas has gradually returned to the public eye in the months since a bizarre incident at his Westchester County, N.Y., home in which he apparently was hospitalized following an overdose of sleeping pills. To this day, it's not clear exactly what transpired. The incident has become yet another strand of the complicated fabric that is Thomas' basketball life.

He's still on the Knicks' payroll, having been relieved of his duties as coach and team president last spring and taking on an ill-defined role as a scout and consultant to Knicks president Donnie Walsh. On several occasions this season, Walsh has been asked what Thomas has been doing to earn his paycheck, and Walsh has seemed unsure how to answer. He'd say things such as, he talks to Isiah all the time but then couldn't remember the last time he spoke with him. He'd say Isiah was scouting players, but couldn't name one player he'd discussed with him.

Then Thomas surfaced in several college arenas where he was scouting players, and told the Associated Press earlier this month while taping a TV appearances with his former college coach, Bob Knight, that he's been "very active" in his role with the Knicks and was doing OK since the October incident at his home. Thomas has endured some tough times since then, with the death of Pistons owner William Davidson and news that his former coach and father figure, Chuck Daly, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Sheridan's story points out that the talks between Thomas and the Clippers have been "informal yet substantive," and makes it clear that no job has been offered. It's not even clear what the job would be. GM? Scout? Assistant GM? Coach? So let's not jump ahead of ourselves.

OK, let's. If the Clippers, or any team for that matter, were to hire Isiah for the right job, it wouldn't be as disastrous as some people would suggest. For all his faults -- running his mouth about things that aren't his business, making enemies, inciting brawls by telling Carmelo Anthony not to go into the paint, signing Jerome James -- Thomas has been known throughout his career for his ability to evaluate talent. He made some miserable moves as the Knicks' president, but look at the pieces that the new regime finds worth salvaging for the future. Wilson Chandler, Nate Robinson, and David Lee -- all drafted by Isiah. Scouting college players and running a draft are two things Isiah can do, and do well.

Clearly, Mike Dunleavy is in trouble in Clipperland and will not retain both the coach and GM titles. In a strange way, perhaps Thomas is the one who can throw Dunleavy a lifeline that they both could use.

UPDATE: Have no fear, Clippers fans. (Are there Clippers fans?) A person with knowledge of the discussions between Thomas and the Clippers told Thursday that the flirtation amounts to Thomas putting out feelers and said there is "zero Clipper interest."







Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2009 7:29 pm

Isiah to return with Clippers? (UPDATE)

 isiah can be a great general manager and also he can work in tv as a color commentator, just not as coach again, he had destroyed the knicks so getting him as head coach will be a catastrophe.there are a lot of options as head coach,two coaches that i can think of are sam mitchell and avery johnson who can be good head coaches.


Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2009 11:11 am

Isiah to return with Clippers? (UPDATE)

thomas would be a great fit for the clips... they could continue lounging in the depths of ineptitude together.



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2009 5:04 am
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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2009 12:56 am

Ask Berger, that everything you said......

Look at what happen in East conference today. Sixers now took No 6 seed and look for No 5 spot with 1 game behind Heats

And your pick Pacers gone and where is Bobcats. Do you understand Sixers and Bulls are way better than Bobcats and Pacers

If bulls stay healthy which they could beat anyone else today. And Sixers also a great team out of East, that If E.Brand worth for the contract that he got this season, This sixers also one of Top team.

May I know why you think Bobcats get better chance than Sixers.

And Pacers got a good look than Bulls who have Rose, Hinrich, Deng, and Gordon and now adding Salmons & Brad miller????

Why?????? you dreaming

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 11:10 pm

Isiah to return with Clippers? (UPDATE)

Poor Clippers. Haven't they suffered enough? 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:11 pm

Isiah to return with Clippers? (UPDATE)


Well , in all honesty, if I had to pick one NBA team in the league that would give Thomas  a second chance, it would be the Clippers.



If only it was just his second chance.  Isiah has misbehaved as part of the Raptors front office, destroyed the CBA, underachieved with the Pacers and brought the Knicks a complete lack of success in both the front office and on the court (though he was quite active in court thanks to his propensity for sexual harassment).

Isaiah is not a one-time loser requiring a chance to show that the franchise is to blame.  Every team he joins ends up worse off when they finally push him out the door.  The only job in which he has done well was TV commentator.  If he can land a TV gig after the tarnish he has built up on his reputation, more power to him.  Otherwise, he needs to find a job outside away from basketball leadership.


Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 7:24 pm

Isiah to return with Clippers? (UPDATE)

 Why is this even bieng considered? Thomas is not a people person, He isnt one who can consistantly be a good Gm. Granted with the Raptors he drafted Mcgrady , Camby and Mighty mouse but what has he done since then? After that he ruined the CBA and He ruined the knicks giving the Bulls to high draft picks for Eddy Curry. The Clippers are a mess they last thing they need is Thomas making it worse.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 6:28 pm

Isiah to return with Clippers? (UPDATE)

The Clippers are the losingest franchise in pro sports history, so this cannot surprise anyone.  I am just happy he is not making any executive decisions with the Knicks anymore.  As a die-hard fan, I had to suffer through five years of his stupidity and praying everyday that it would end with his firing.  Last year, I had to do the unthinkable:  root for my team to lose every game to ensure he would be gone.  He should never be a GM again.  The man does not know how to manage money, put together a roster, or coach.  Yes, he is a great evaluator of talent, with the drafting of Lee and Chandler, but also made some questionable draft picks in Balkman and pathetic signings such as James and Jeffries and horrible trades such as Cancerbury, Francis, Fat Zach, Curry for two lottery picks, and Malik Rose.  What is scary is that a team with the talent they had could not win.  It shows that talent is not the only thing that wins in the NBA, but defense and team play wins games.  The Knicks had talented players, but they were selfish scrubs who only cared about their own scoring line and not winning the team games.  If they won the team games with great stats, they were satisfied but they could not sacrifice numbers for wins.  In that sense, Zeke was horrid in evaluating players.  All of the players he brought in had bad reps before coming here and he signed them anyway.  Just when you think things cannot get worse in Clipperland, it would become an all-time worst with his hiring.  And since he had all of this turmoil in NY and it received extra media attention because of it, you would think no one would take a chance on Zeke again.  Look at his past:  he ditched the Raptors, left the CBA to coach the Pacers resulting in its bankruptcy, and then blew up the Knicks with his ruthless spending on scrubs, pushing them back years.  Face it, the only role basketball related for him is to be a draft scout.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 4:10 pm

Isiah to return with Clippers?

I guess you can't blame Isiah for wanting to stick around basketball since that is all he knows but face it the guy is a head case.  Originally he was supposed to be a Piston for life after his playing days.  But he did something to break the trust of owner Bill Davidson that severed ties.  Mr. Davidson never said what it was publicly but it had to be something that really bothered him because for years Isiah was his favorite.  And anyone who knew Mr. Davidson knows this man was absolute class and always a gentleman. He was fair and generous with every player, employee, and person he ever met.  My point is Isiah knows how to screw up a good thing without much effort wherever he goes.  Proceed with caution Clippers. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 3:49 pm

Isiah to return with Clippers?

Well , in all honesty, if I had to pick one NBA team in the league that would give Thomas  a second chance, it would be the Clippers. The Clippers are one of the worst run franchises in all of sports. What could the Clippers possibly gain by hiring Thomas? He has no skills whatsoever in an administrative or a coaching roll. The idea of Thomas even being considered for this type of job is ludicrous. Isiah should just go away and relive the glory of his playing days, he was a hall of famer then, all he can do now is hurt his image. As Clint Eastwood said in one of his movies, : a man much know his limitations:.

Go enjoy life Isiah, let the professionals do the jobs which you are not capable of doing. You have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt what you can do as a GM and as a coach.



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