Saturday, July 23, 2005

Hellish Marriage For The Knicks

It appears that Larry Brown will be the next head coach of the New York Knicks, which should be fun to watch. It is hard to imagine a marriage of two bigger losers than Larry Brown and GM Isiah Thomas.

Brown has been a coaching wizard, often improving mediocre teams almost instantly, but he lacks class. He took UCLA and Kansas to the NCAA title game (Kansas won) in 1980's, but left both programs abruptly before they went on probation for rules violations.

Three times he accepted college coaching positions, then resigned or backed out before coaching a single game. When his Olympic team did not perform as well as expected last year, he openly whined about the team and escaped criticism himself. More than once, Brown prodded a GM into firing a coach to make room for him.

And Brown may be a good guy compared to Thomas.

Thomas attempted to organize a boycott against Michael Jordan at the NBA All-Star game when Jordan was a rookie, denying Jordan the ball on multiple fast breaks. Of Larry Bird, Thomas said "If Bird was black, he'd be just another good guy." Thomas bought and ruined the CBA, leaving the original investors holding the bag for his poor management.

I could go on about both losers, but I won't. Let's just say they deserve each other.


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