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Florida International Committing Basketball Suicide, Hiring Isiah Thomas

After reading that the Clippers were discussing the possibility of hiring Isiah Thomas, there was no doubt Zeke was close to finding a new job. It’s been just over a year since Isiah was canned by the Knicks after costing them years of potential success and over $10 million in a lawsuit. I never thought Isiah would actually get a head coaching job in his first gig back but it appears as if that’s the case. Florida International would rather see their program commit suicide by hiring Thomas than continue to post a sub-.500 record under Sergio Rouco. The hiring is expected to be announced on Wednesday:

”Isiah really wanted to get back into coaching, and wanted to do it at the college level,” said the source. “He was offered some jobs within the NBA, but he feels FIU suits him better right now. He wants to make a clean start, loves Miami, and thinks FIU has a lot of potential because of where it is and because it’s a big school with 38,000 students and a strong alumni base.”

The source said Thomas has always enjoyed eyeing and developing young talent, and the Golden Panthers job is perfect.

Pardon me if I can’t help but laugh after reading the “Enjoyed eyeing and developing young talent” part. In the case of A-mooch-a Brown Sanders, middle-aged talent might be more appropriate. Though the hiring of Isiah could bring the program a ton of publicity and make it easier to recruit, I’m pretty shocked they would turn the reigns over to him. Thomas was a complete screw-up with the Knicks and has proven he can’t run a team or organization. And clearly he’s pretty unstable mentally. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t go with a safer pick — there’s no way this ends well for them.

Knicks Had Spies on Larry Brown

At least that’s what Larry Brown is saying, and who wouldn’t believe him? Well after leaving the Knicks following a situation that developed into a hideous mess, Brown gave an interview to Philadelphia magazine. In the magazine, Brown says that the Knicks spied on him:

Brown, now a Sixers executive, said, “Imagine when you get to work, they don’t talk to you. They had security people standing close to me in press conferences, and spies throughout the arena.”

Brown got in trouble with owner James Dolan not just for the horrendous record but for violating media policies that forbid talking to reporters without a public-relations official present.

Without hearing another side of the story, I’m automatically inclined to believe Brown here. If Dolan wasn’t getting along with Brown and wanted to get rid of him, wouldn’t he have spies on Brown to dig up dirt to find excuses to get rid of the guy? Isn’t that how they reclaimed much of the money owed to Brown? And come on, these are the same Knicks that let Isiah continue employment after he cost them $10 million in a sexual harassment case. Do you really think spies are out of their realm of creepiness? I sure don’t.

Isiah Thomas to Finally Be Fired?

Just as soon as he got crowned Deadspin’s Sportshuman of the Year, this story has to come out. Man, they just don’t let you enjoy your moment in the sun these days, do they? Apparently not, because Frank Isola of the New York Daily News writes that James Dolan is finally leaning towards canning Isiah at the end of the season:

Garden chairman James Dolan recently told confidants that he knows a coaching change must be made and that he is preparing to do just that, according to a source close to Dolan. No timetable was given, but the source indicated that Dolan is leaning toward making a change before the end of the season.

It is not clear whether Dolan would allow Thomas to continue in his role as the team’s highest-ranking decision-maker once he is removed from the bench. Such a scenario would seem unlikely, but Thomas’ survival skills should never be underestimated.

I guess all those rumors about Isiah having naked pictures of Dolan running a salad-tossing train with some trannies might not be true. Though the source of the report is anonymous and somewhat vague, I have to think Isola knows what he’s writing. Sure we all could have guessed Isiah would finally be out after the year, but now it finally seems as if his run could be over. Crazy that it might finally over after all the Isiah garbage and embarrassment Dolan put up with.

Linkage: Isiah Gets Recognized

Isiah Thomas gets his due as the Sportshuman of the Year [Deadspin]

Yankee fan wants refund for steroid tainted games [SPORTSbyBROOKS]

Comparing presidential candidates to their athlete equivalent [Sedano Show]

Jason Kidd‘s having a kid, and the mom’s a hottie! [You Been Blinded]

Baseball Hall of Fame voter left his ballot blank [Foul Balls]

Conflicted fan has a cheesehead with a Seahawks logo [We Are the Postmen]

Dallas Mavs fans are young rappers [Detroit Bad Boys]

Will Clark best first baseman not in the Hall of Fame [Mr. Irrelevant]

ESPN has motivation to overlook Reggie Bush story? [Obscure Sports Quarterly]

Isiah: Losing in New York Like Being on Death Row

Pulp FictionSorry to feed you more Isiah madness, but honestly, this guy just won’t quit. Whether it’s coaching his three-ring circus team to 45 point losses, or costing his company $10 million in a lawsuit, he continues to do the unthinkable. That’s why it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear him equate the pressures of losing a basketball game in New York to what prisoners on death row are going through. Following the Knicks’ comeback win over the Bucks Friday night, Isiah unleashed this nugget:

“Every time you lose a game in New York, you’re on Death Row here,” Thomas said following the Knicks’ dramatic 91-88 victory at the Garden. “So tonight they unstrapped the belts and I get to walk. Had we lost, I’m sure they’d have wet me down.”

Anyone else have a picture of the gimp getting ready to step into Isiah? Maybe that’s just me. Seems like the kitchen’s heating up for Zeke. If you can’t handle it buddy, you better get out while you have the chance. And don’t get too comfortable either — the belts will be strapped back on before long.

Isiah Finally Needs to be Fired

Actually, check that. I don’t know where I’d get my entertainment if not for the Knicks and their debacles. Thursday night might have been an all-time low for Isiah’s boys — on the court, at least. (caveat: since the brawl with Captain Limpwrist at the Garden). The Bricks got pummeled 104-59, getting outscored by Boston’s first team, second stringers, and even garbage-timers. Nothing went right for the Knicks. If it weren’t for a Nate Robinson three at the buzzer, it would’ve been the fewest points in team history since the implementation of the shot clock.

The Knicks embarrassed in every possible way. Their crappy play on the court matched their erratic and troublesome behavior off of it. I don’t know how many lives Isiah gets to live with the Knicks, but you can’t fire all the players for stinking up the joint.  Follow me?  The man is ultimately responsible for how his team plays from day-to-day, and when the team he coaches gets blown out like that, trailing by 50 points at times, he should take the blame. The Knicks might not be a playoff team, but they also have no business struggling to score 50 in a game.  Their focus and effort is not at a respectable level, and Isiah is the man responsible for getting the maximum effort from his players.  For the embarrassment he’s caused the organization both on and off the court, Isiah Thomas needs to be fired.  Now.

Knicks Are a ‘Three-Ring Circus’

I’ve had my fair share of fun with the Knicks lately, publicly hoping for Stephon to spill the beans on Isiah. While I might not get that wish, it looks like it really won’t matter. Isiah is struggling so badly to maintain control of the Knicks, that he might not even be around for much longer. Case in point, he kicked his entire team out of practice Monday. Yeah. Coaching 101 at its finest. From the NY Daily News:

A desperate Isiah Thomas kicked his entire team out of practice Monday. The Knicks’ embattled coach was unhappy with their work habits.

The move comes on the heels of a six-game losing streak and amid increasing speculation that Thomas is on the verge of being fired.

“It is a three-ring circus,” said the source. “It’s getting worse.”

So how’s that contract extension for Isiah looking now? Wasn’t this a team that was supposed to be heading back in the right direction? Didn’t they supposedly leave all their tough times and crappy records behind? Yeah, so much for that. As for Isiah, the Knicks are 6-22 since he received his contract extension in March. Now I must ask you the question: is there another franchise in professional sports that’s a bigger mess than this one? If so, please pass it along, because I’m dying to know what could be worse. (and I’m a Bengals fan, too)

(via Ballhype)