Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Don't Fire Isiah

It's a month and a half away from pitchers and catchers. The Jets stinks. The Giants are boring. The Nets are a disappointment. Hockey is still hockey. Screenwriters are on strike. If it weren't for the Knicks fiasco I might have to read a book.

For the first time in my life I find myself really pulling for the Knicks. I'm not looking for greatness, or even mediocrity. I want them to play just well enough to keep the Isiah Circus in town for another year. It's greedy, I know, to ask for more from a man who has already given so much.

  • The Knicks are 97-177 since the start of the 04-05 season.
  • Thomas has already hired 2 Hall of Fame coaches, only to fire them after one season each.
  • He is solely responsible for acquiring the most shiftless roster in the history of sports.
  • He has signed players with no discernable basketball skills (Jerome James, Jared Jeffries) to long term contracts.
  • He has traded bad contracts for worse contracts and won't have the Knicks under the cap for at least 3 more years.
  • With far and away the highest payroll in the sport, he has not only not found a franchise player, he hasn't even found a championship caliber second fiddle.
  • He has subjected his employers to an expensive and embarrassing sexual harrassment case.
  • He has turned Madison Square Garden into a venue more hostile than they see in any road game.
  • And he has done it all with a Pat Riley/Phil Jackson kind of arrogance normally reserved for the elite coaches.
Like a great artist I can't wait to see what he does next.

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