Isiah is axed, but who will get job?

Isiah is axed, but who will get job?

There are 21 comments on the Newsday story from Apr 19, 2008, titled Isiah is axed, but who will get job?. In it, Newsday reports that:

Remember the helicopter? Mark Jackson might land it again at Madison Square Garden and return some long-lost New York flavor to the Knicks .

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Old Knick Fan

Manorville, NY

#1 Apr 19, 2008
Keeping Thomas in ANY capacity was a cop out!

But, perhaps MSG can use him to sell season tickets. The ad could say something like "Buy a season ticket and Isiah will personally deliver it to you and spend an hour at your house, playing ball with the kiddies or washing your car, or whatever. He has to earn the 20 million we owe him somehow. Doesn't he? And we don't want him anywhere near the players or the dancers!"
Brian

Phoenix, AZ

#2 Apr 19, 2008
Hubie Brown, time to light up a doobie.
trackmac77

Cincinnati, OH

#3 Apr 19, 2008
Isiah new duties will have him in charge of media relations, along with retaining the popcorn concession...
EMQ 48

AOL

#4 Apr 19, 2008
With all due respect to Mark Jackson, he is not the answer to the Knicks demise. Hasn't the organization learned via the Isiah era that premiere players do not necessarily make successful coaches. This franchise is at rock bottom. It needs someone with proven coaching credentials who can light a fire and at the same time teach these Pros? the basics of the game of basketball ( if that's possible ). There are plenty of these people out there. To be likable just wont do it.
EMQ 48

AOL

#5 Apr 19, 2008
Why gamble with Mark J. when there are proven entities out there. Also, the sympathy hiring of Isiah for a different position is unacceptable. He didn't come close to doing the job so it's simply time to go. You don't promote people to central office positions when they have failed miserably at a lower level position.
Now in NC

Clemmons, NC

#6 Apr 19, 2008
As a former player for a Van Gundy. I think to have Jeff back with the Knicks is the way to go. Jeff nows how to lead a team and is by far more than qualified to handle this delicate rebuilding job. Nothing against Mark Jackson but go with Gundy....
Effigy of the Forgotten

Elizabeth, NJ

#7 Apr 19, 2008
why is this garbage front line news, but the Rangers/Devils series is barely even given enough coverage. pathetic, but its newsgay, so I should expect the bare minimum
Jerry

AOL

#8 Apr 19, 2008
Ridiculoous. Balkman, Chandler, Collins and Jeffries will out turn out to be good selections. Curry is still 25 and his future is not sealed. He has shown that he can be a dominant low post player. Remember, the Chief in Boston also got off to a rocky start in his early years as do a lot of centers. Isiah has focused on fast athletic players in the draft. All of these players will pan out.

I think his biggest mistake was Randolf. He couldn't block shots and he took up too many shots from Curry, not allowing him to develop. Randolf is very good at what he does, rebound and score. The Knicks would do well to trade him to another team such as the Celtics who could use another low post player to help them out.

Jackson is in a no-lose situation. The media will sing of his greatness now and when the season starts. I don't think it will be his doing that the Knicks are going to win, it will be Isiah's picks and vision. They are a shot blocker and a point guard away from being a very good team. They could easily be that team with Marbury coming back and picking up a shotblocker with the midlevel Randolf is tradeable and as such it was worth giving up Trevor and Francis who didn't hold much worth.

The sports writers only see Wins/losses they don't see the internals. The Knicks have a solid base to work from. Walsh can whine all he wants about being in a tough situation but he knows the Knicks are in great position and he knows Isiah did a good job getting players. Even James might pan out if he can get healthy he was doing a good job fot the Sonics before the Knicks got him blocking shots and rebounding/scoring.

The epitaph for Isiah has been written too soon. The years ahead shall tell of his insights. Remember we have another 1rst round pick this year. The Knicks were going well in patches during the mid year, showing they could play with the elite even after Marbury went down. Jackson and Walsh are no fools and they no they are not walking into a Hornets nest but they will be part of one of the most improved teams next year with little help from either.
TP in Queens Village

Bay Pines, FL

#9 Apr 19, 2008
Give Mark Jackson a shot at head coach for the Knickerbockers. I'll miss his game-day courtside analyzation as a TV announcer, in which he is excellent. The franchise can only go upward for the Gotham City cellar dwellers.
Ryan

Middletown, NY

#10 Apr 19, 2008
why not have Van-Gundy as the Coach. Mark Jackson can be his assistant for a few years (him and Van-Gundy are good friends)then when Van-Gundy is ready to retire Mark Jackson can take over. it would be a win win. the knicks could get a proven coach and then Mark Jackson could gain some coaching experience which he has none of
Science Person

Tuxedo Park, NY

#11 Apr 19, 2008
Bring back Isiah as coach! We can still achieve his vision of a championship. Here's how: clone Lil Nate four time and play the real Lil Nate and the four clones, every minute, every game. I have suggested this approach previously. It has been ignored by MSG brass, and look where that got them! It is time to deploy the Lil Nate strategy. Cloning will be common in all sports within three years. Let's lead, for a change. Are you with me, fans!
Science Person

Tuxedo Park, NY

#12 Apr 19, 2008
Old Knick Fan wrote:
Keeping Thomas in ANY capacity was a cop out!
But, perhaps MSG can use him to sell season tickets. The ad could say something like "Buy a season ticket and Isiah will personally deliver it to you and spend an hour at your house, playing ball with the kiddies or washing your car, or whatever. He has to earn the 20 million we owe him somehow. Doesn't he? And we don't want him anywhere near the players or the dancers!"
I understand your bitterness towards Isiah. However please see my prior post concerning the potential cloning of Lil Nate. I believe it will be more to your liking. Thank you.
jeff 123

Atlanta, GA

#13 Apr 19, 2008
Can't the Knicks find anyone else other than ex Knicks to coach this team. Get real the only Jackson that could turn this sorry bunch around is Phil.
For Real

Boca Raton, FL

#14 Apr 19, 2008
Pat Riley could be interested in the job.
Old Knick Fan

Manorville, NY

#15 Apr 19, 2008
"Bring back Isiah as coach! We can still achieve his vision of a championship. Here's how: clone Lil Nate four time and play the real Lil Nate and the four clones, every minute, every game. I have suggested this approach previously. It has been ignored by MSG brass, and look where that got them! It is time to deploy the Lil Nate strategy. Cloning will be common in all sports within three years. Let's lead, for a change. Are you with me, fans! "

You got it almost right. Clone Isiah and send one to every other NBA team. In short order, he will destroy them, making the Isiah-less Knicks competitive.

Seriously, as much as I respect Mark Jackson as smart a player and a person, the knicks need a sure-fire coach who has the experience to turn things around. Jeff Van Gundy is the man for the job! There are others such as Jerry Colangelo or even Rick Patino who would also do a great job. I'd hire Mark Jackson as an assistant to give him experience. Other assistant/consultant candidates would include Walt "Clyde" Frasier to teach defence & Patric Ewing to teach the bigs.
Old Knick Fan

Manorville, NY

#16 Apr 19, 2008
I don't think that "Baby" James Dolan would allow Pat Riley to ever coach his toy again after the way Riley left the Knicks. At least Dolan had a good relationship with JVG. So Baby James might allow JVG to come back -- but not Riles.
Arnold

Lake Hopatcong, NJ

#17 Apr 19, 2008
who care? I wouldn't watch the african ballet if you paid me $1,000,000

Since: Dec 07

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#18 Apr 19, 2008
I don't really care. You could put in a high school coach and he would still be better. That being said Isiah was pretty good at drafting.
Jerry

AOL

#20 Apr 20, 2008
Science Person wrote:
Bring back Isiah as coach! We can still achieve his vision of a championship. Here's how: clone Lil Nate four time and play the real Lil Nate and the four clones, every minute, every game. I have suggested this approach previously. It has been ignored by MSG brass, and look where that got them! It is time to deploy the Lil Nate strategy. Cloning will be common in all sports within three years. Let's lead, for a change. Are you with me, fans!
Finally someone with a fresh outlook and some original thinking.
Lake Zurich Bill

Lincolnshire, IL

#21 Apr 21, 2008
Dateline: New York......This just in.....Isiah Thomas has just been released as coach of the New York Knicks. Not since the cheers of the 73 championship team, have New Yorkers been so happy.

Let the fun times begin. We can start by torturing Thomas. This con man should be wrapped in honey, placed on an ant hill and eaten while being watched by both fans/players to even up the games we had to see night after night. Then, we can take him to the NY streets, rope him to the ground and let Knick fans *** on him after drinking their celebratory beers. Lastly, we should dump what is left of his living body (very important that he is still living) and leave him holding an American flag, wearing no pants in the mountainous region of the Pakistan border.

Perhaps there he can become the love slave of Osama Bin Laden. My reasoning is two fold....Thomas gets what he deserves and we can have him advise Bin Laden, really get in his ear for advice and then run the Taliban into the ground the exact same way he ruined the Knicks, the CBA and his image.

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