The NY Knicks are currently far from being considered a playoff team in the NBA, let alone something more than that. One thing the fans can be sure of – the management will not be hiring ex-NBA player Isiah Thomas back as the team’s head coach.
On December 22, 2003, the Knicks hired Thomas as President of Basketball Operations. Thomas was ultimately unsuccessful with the Knicks roster and fanbase. At the end of the 2005–06 season, the Knicks had the highest payroll in the league and the second-worst record.
The Knicks demoted Isiah Thomas from team president in 2008 and fired him as coach a couple weeks later. Later, in 2010 they hired him as a consultant in 2010 (though the NBA nixed it because he was still coaching Florida International).
The owner of the NY Knicks James Dolan doesn’t think that there’s any chance of Thomas coming back to the team as a coach.
“There’s 29 teams, right, out there in the NBA, any one of which would be an easier assignment than this one. I don’t think that the New York market would ever give him a fair chance at this. And I can’t imagine why that would be,” Dolan told HBO Real Sports.
Thomas gave his own comments on his possible return to the Knicks.
“That’s a slippery-slope question. I can comfortably tell you this: I don’t see myself ever coaching the New York Knicks,” Thomas said.
A Basketball Hall of Famer, Thomas has accomplished a lot in the NBA, becoming a 12-time NBA All-Star, and leading the Detroit Pistons team to 2 NBA championships in 1989 and 1990.
He played in 979 NBA games (971 started) – all for the Detroit Pistons, averaging double figures in scoring in all of his seasons in the NBA. He averaged double figures (scoring and assists) in 4 straight seasons.
Thomas averaged career high 22.9 ppg for the Pistons in 1982-1983. He also led the NBA with an average of 13.9 assists per game (also career high) in 1984-85.
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