Isiah Thomas, intent on breaking the all-time record for stupidity by an NBA general manager (currently a tie between Chris Wallace, Scott Layden and the whiz kid who put together the Trail Blazers from 2000 on), has just made a trade to acquire Steve Francis from the Orlando Magic. This gives them the perfect storm of underachieving NBA backcourts, with Francis, Stephon Marbury and Jamal Crawford all being shoot-first point guards whose leadership skills, if they do exist, have never been detected by man or machine.
It’s gotten so bad that it’s starting to resemble the terrible movie Eddie with Whoopi Goldberg, with Francis and Marbury fighting over the role of Stacy Patton. For all I know, they actually speak of themselves in the third person like he did. A few years ago, the Portland Trail Blazers had gotten so predictable at making the worst possible pick that when Qyntel Woods, a junior college player too stupid to get into a 4-year college and with a track record of legal problems, began to slip down the draft in the first round you just knew that Portland was going to take him. I predicted it 5 picks earlier; it was a no-brainer (literally, on their part).
Guess what team Woods plays for now? Yep. The New York Knicks. Thomas has managed to put together a team that is totally uncoachable. A backcourt full of selfish and overpaid underachievers. A frontcourt full of fat and lazy underachievers who managed to play a bit less like cadavers for a few weeks last year, just long enough to entice Thomas to hand them a combined $80 million in contracts. Oh, and one of them could drop dead at any moment from a congenital heart condition that was so bad that his old team wouldn’t let him play for them at all.
Next year, the Knicks will have a staggering $130 million payroll. They’ve got young talent to build around in Channing Frye and David Lee, but they just traded another good young player, Trevor Ariza, to get Francis. It seems that Thomas’ goal is to make sure that no matter what 5 players are on the court for the Knicks, at least 3 of them are ballhogs with no concept whatsover of team play. And who has to coach them? Larry Brown. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. You got your latest dream job, Larry. Does that grass still look greener while your old team of eminently coachable team players is destroying the league?