Friday, April 6th, 2012 at 3:43 pm  |  16 responses

Head Coach Isiah Thomas Fired By FIU

The Isiah Thomas Era has come to an end at Florida International University. USA Today has the details: “Florida International announced it had fired Thomas after three seasons with the school. ‘We want to thank Isiah Thomas for his three years here at FIU,’ athletics director Pete Garcia said in a statement. ‘However, we have decided to take the program in a different direction.’ Thomas was just 26-65 and 14-36 in the Sun Belt during his tenure. His best year was 2010-11 when the school finished 11-19. This past season started well with defeat of George Mason in the opener. But the team slumped home to a 8-21 record that included a loss to NAIA school Texas Wesleyan.”

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  • BIG AL

    under dolan’s orders….

  • riggs

    just a horrible coach

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Guess he wants the NYK coaching job next season.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Next stop…the Knicks!

  • FnF

    I fully suspect Isaih is positioning himself for the Orlando Magic head coaching position. Yep.

  • LA Huey


  • thetalkingcomb

    Well, I saw “Head Coach Isiah Thomas Fired By FU” instead, so Isaiah Thomas, FU!

  • Greg

    Wow. Shock. Horror. Mr T destroys another franchise. Doesn’t anybody wonder why he never got a gig with the Pistons? Something smelt fishy way back then…However, he did a decent job with the Raptors, he got Camby, Doug Christie, Stoudamire (ROY) McGrady, But still…

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    What did we think was going to happen when he went to Fire Isiah University?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Greatest point guard ever to put on a NBA jersey, won two rings with MJ, Bird and Magic trying to get them. BOOK IT!!

  • bike

    Seed once again displaying his dunce cap for all to see. Goodjobderman

  • Kablamo

    Isiah Thomas!! u suck at coaching,great player though

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/04/stan-van-gundy-i-want-to-return-in-2012-13/ Seymiautomatic

    My buddy is a student at FIU (English Major) he said that he saw Isiah Thomas around campus often enough and the guy is always in rush and is kind of “douche baggy” lol but like Kablamo said, the dude was a great player. Probably still has that NBA Star ego

  • im22too


  • im22too

    #oops i meant Dolan. #facepalm… long night.

  • Scot Peirson

    Before the 1981 NBA Draft, then-Mavericks’ owner Donald Carter wanted to interview the two people he was considering for taking with the first pick in the draft, Isiah Thomas and Mark Aguirre. Carter brought Thomas down to Dallas first…and at the end of that interview, Carter said that he didn’t have to see Aguirre. He knew he was taking him with the first pick.
    Thus began the last 31 years of Isiah’s career. Great player, no doubt. But he has been about as psychotic, nasty, and delusional as any public person we’ve seen in that time. There’s never been much doubt to me that he demanded people be traded away from Detroit (John Long, Kelly Tripuka, Adrian Dantley…). Never a doubt for a second that he was the ringleader of the freezeout of Jordan at the ’85 ASG. He said what he said about Bird during the 1987 Playoffs. Was the ringleader/instigator of “The Jordan Rules” between 1988 and 1991. Taking the Pistons’ players off the floor before the end of Game 4 of the 1991 ECFs, then having the audacity to wonder why he wasn’t picked for the Dream Team.
    Isiah’s biggest problem has always been that he did dirt to teammates and people in the Pistons’ organization (And I include Chuck Daly in that) as well as other people in the L, but never believed that he could or should be held accountable for his dirt. He never believed that Larry Bird would fire him when Bird came back to run the Pacers. He doesn’t believe that MJ holds the freezeout or The Jordan Rules against him. Somehow, he believes that the sharpest and most cynical fans in basketball–the New York fans–shouldn’t hold his mismanagement of the Knicks against him, and that–if Dolan is actually nuts enough to do this–should be willing to give him a second chance.
    So, to the hard-core Knicks’ fans, consider this suggestion from a Californian. If James Dolan dares to insult you by bringing back that psychotic, deluded underachiever–especially if the Knicks make the playoffs again this season (Two years in a row in the second season is better than six seasons missing the playoffs)–you season-ticket holders, especially you sitting in the lower bowl of MSG, AND ESPECIALLY THOSE SITTING IN THE FIRST TWO ROWS BEHIND THE FLOOR have the right to explain to Dolan how bad of an idea this is; and you tell it to Dolan by not renewing your season ticket plans. I would suggest this to ANY fan base whose team management gets conned by this gasbag into another shot. Isiah probably believes that he can talk Pat Riley into getting the Heat job if Spolstra fails again this summer. Or he believes that he might be the only person who could keep Dwight Howard in Orlando.
    Please, team managements in the NBA–put that dishonest sociopath out of his misery. Do not hire him.