Isaiah Thomas was once in charge of the New York Knicks in the personnel department, and to say he wasn’t good is a giant understatement. He famously overpaid for guys like Eddy Curry, and he put the Knicks in a bad spot for the years after he was let go.
Now, Thomas works for NBA TV as an analyst, and he is much better suited there. He gave his opinions about the Knicks to the New York Post, and you can see why he didn’t work out as an executive:
“When you evaluate the job he’s doing, I look at the total body of work,’’ Thomas said on WFAN radio Friday morning with Sid Rosenberg and Kim Jones. “Since he’s been here his record is [81-53]. When you look at the season he’s having, fortunately they’re in the Atlantic and nobody is running away with the division.
“I know Mike personally. I know what kind of competitor he is and what kind of coach he’s been. When he has all the pieces and the team is playing well, they’re as good as anybody. Coming out of training camp they had injuries and were hit with the injury bug more than most teams.”
“What will happen to the Knicks eventually is they will get healthy, they will get all their pieces back and they will turn out to have a pretty good season, a season everybody will enjoy,’’ Thomas predicted. “That is, if they get healthy. If the injury bug stays with them, they will struggle.’’
I think the Knicks will be better as they get healthy, but to say that they are as good as anybody is a stretch. Clearly he hasn’t watched guys like Andrea Bargnani play, but it’s comments like these that show why Thomas isn’t in the league making decisions anymore.
It looks like James Dolan agrees with him, though.