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Perfect job for Isiah

Posted on: April 13, 2009 7:28 pm

Coaching Florida International's men's basketball team. I couldn't think of a more perfect job for Isiah Thomas.

Golden Panthers, congratulations on providing one of basketball's most pre-eminent survivors with a golden parachute that suits him.

What could be better for a Hall of Famer who's way too young to retire, but who has nothing else to do? What could be better than a job with no state income tax? A job located in one of the prime weather locations in the universe? A job in which you can shape young skulls full of mush with tales of your glorious past? A job in which you can flash your NCAA and NBA championship rings, speak on a daily basis about playing for Bob Knight and Chuck Daly, and romanticize the good ol' days with the Bad Boy Pistons?

If it happens -- and some key people who still employ Thomas with the Knicks honestly don't know -- this makes perfect sense. A completely inconsequential job for one of the greatest ever to dribble a basketball. Bravo!

It's amazing how many times athletic directors and NBA general managers recycle coaches without realizing or admitting they're doing it. How many times have we seen it? A fresh start for a coach/former player who wore out his welcome elsewhere. I'd point to Rollie Massimino at Cleveland State years ago, but for all I know, Rollie will trump that with another job this spring.

I am not a member of the Isiah is Evil club. Not in the least. I barely know the guy, even though I attended the same college he did and covered him on almost a daily basis for an entire NBA season. He was one of my favorite players when he played. But I can call B.S. when I see it, and this is a B.S. job if I've ever seen one.

Good for him. I love when absurd things happen and everyone knows it's absurd and the people who make the absurd hire and/or accept the absurd job pat each other on the back in the very sincere/emotional/heartfelt/absurd press conference.

And if I'm the Knicks, I'm wondering the following: Does this mean we don't have to pay him anymore?







Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2009 3:17 pm

Perfect job for Isiah


 He's failed at everything he's done, miserably most notably killing the CBA and the Knicks. he tried to commit suicide just a few months ago. He will fail miserably at this, as well. But since FIU is one of the most non-descript college teams around, maybe 280 out of 317 no one will notice. Does anyone care or even know that Mike Jarvis coaches FAU just 50 miles up the road? No.

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2009 10:54 am

Perfect job for Isiah

I must say the job actually DOES sound like a good thing for Isaiah Thomas. He floundered for years under the bright lights of NYC, and eventually was forced out. This gives him a chance to start fresh, in a low/no-pressure job. But moreover, this is a transition from professional coaching to college coaching. Looking at the players Thomas always brought around him (see: guard/shooter-heavy), it looks like the college game may well fit his coaching style and abilities far better than it fit in the NBA.

I say best of luck to Isaiah Thomas, and who knows? Perhaps in a couple years he'll help resurrect the FIU program, and maybe move on to a higher-profile gig. We see it all the time, when small-time programs have a couple good years under a coach: the coach moves on. So maybe this is Step 1 in Thomas' plan to revitalize his coaching career. Maybe.

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2009 8:21 am

Perfect job for Isiah

Nice School, Great looking Campus. Next school to get NCAA Death Penalty? Not sure about that, but Isiah will have problems there. He had problems dealing with adults, how can anyone figure that he could do a good job in College Basketball and especially for a school who doesn't have a reputation for Basketball, let alone any other sports in Div I.

Good Luck Isiah and FIU!

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 11:06 pm

Perfect job for Isiah - not Evll but..

 I'm not a member of the Isiah is Evil Club either. I'm a charter member however, of the Isiah is an Incompetent B*** Club.&nb
sp; He was arguably the greatest Detroit Piston player.   The most telling indicator of his value to the Pistons after his playing days is how he is not even a part of the Pistons.  Jerry West, Kareem, Magic, Ainge, Bird etc. became important cogs in their teams after they retired.  Isiah has been nothing but a monkey wrench in the cogs of the Grizzlies, Pacers and Knicks.  Last place finishes, imploding locker rooms and huge sexual harrassment settlements are part of the legacy of The Isiah.  Did we mention that he bungled the NBA's development league before the NBA came in and saved hopeful and aspiring players from his mismanagement? This is a perfect placeholder for one of the sport's best players and one of its worst managers: A small school where he can do little damage (except to Florida International) to the sport that he loved and made him rich and famous.  Stay in Florida, far away from Detroit and the NBA.  We need you there Isiah!

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2009 10:30 pm

Perfect job for Isiah

 I was a huge Isiah fan.  My confirmation name is Isiah after him and I have a 22 inch autographed photo of him on my living room wall.  He was the greatest little guy to ever lace em up.

That being said.  He is NOT a quality human being and is one of the last people on earth who should be teaching young people like college students.  Unless you want more young men to grow up to sexually harass women and then try to claim their daughter was taken to the hospital after an overdose and not him. 

Pro's maybe....if you are stupid enough to believe he is a good coach or or high school? NEVER.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 8:54 pm

Perfect job for Isiah


 Honestly, I think this is a great opportunity for Thomas. It seems like all of the bad events of his post-playing career are highlighted. He did have some some success while coaching the Pacers, afterall he did get the team to the playoffs every year. Many people will knock him for not getting past the first round, but to his credit, he did lose to the 76ers, and Nets, who both made it to the finals in thier respective years. 2003 he did coach the All-Star team for the east, and made it to the playoffs again that year. I am a Pacers fan and after the success we had, it was unacceptable, but still not as bad as a whole host of coaches in years past around the NBA. As far as Florida International is concerned, he will have a tough time competing with Western Kentucky who is the perennial favorite in the Sun-Belt, as well as Troy and Middle Tennessee, who have pretty established programs in the conference.

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 8:37 pm

Perfect job for Isiah

Next School To Recieve NCAA Death Penalty = Florida International. What would anybody be thinking when they hire Thomas to run a college program? Here is a guy that was implicated in a sexual harassment lawsuit which the Knicks lost, tried to more or less frame his daughter in a suicide attempt and nearly caused the CBA to fold up for good. Sounds like a heckuva resume to me. He was a great player, but that's where the career ended. How does anybody in their right mind think he could keep a college program legal and out of trouble with the NCAA? IF the powers to be at FIU want to sell tickets, get a coach to go out and get some players. Don't try and sell tickets for the freak show that will be Thomas's legacy there.


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