As predicted, the Knicks have fired Larry Brown and team President Isiah Thomas has replaced him as head coach, prompting the obvious question: does Thomas have pictures of Knicks owner James Dolan in bed with an underage sheep? It’s the only explanation, really. Of course, one could say the same thing about the fact that Thomas was hired in the first place given his track record, and the fact that he still has his job in the front office after an unprecedented 3-year run of uninterrupted stupidity. As great a player as Thomas was, this guy hasn’t shown he could run a successful chinese fire drill, much less an NBA franchise.
In three years he’s taken a team full of mismatched, overhyped, lazy players with ridiculously long and lucrative contracts that put the team $40 million over the salary cap while still losing 50 games a year, and he’s managed to turn them into a team full of mismatched, overhyped, lazy players with ridiculous long and lucrative contracts that put the team $80 million over the salary cap while losing 60 games a year. Half of me is laughing about this just because having to coach this group of ballhogs and overpaid slackers is like punishment for putting it together. And I have a hard time feeling sorry for Larry Brown, one of the most annoying and self-absorbed figures in all of sports. But mostly I’m laughing because next year we’ll get to watch Thomas show that he’s as bad a coach as he is a general manager. I’m already stocking up on popcorn.