Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 at 1:55 pm  |  16 responses

Isiah Thomas Wants to Coach or Be a General Manager Again

Isiah Thomas may have recently gotten fired from his college coaching gig, but this latest setback isn’t enough to deter Zeke from seeking other coaching or front-office opportunities (in the pros or at the collegiate level.) From the Detroit Free Press (via ESPN): “Despite a 26-65 record that got him fired in April after three seasons at Florida International, Pistons great Isiah Thomas would like to be a coach in college or the NBA again. ‘I definitely want to be in basketball again whether it be coaching or as a general manager,’ Thomas said. ‘My gift is basketball. I would love working with the kids. If it’s the right college program, I would consider it. If it’s the right GM job or coaching job in the NBA, I would consider it. I love the game. I just want to be in the game.’ Since he retired from the Pistons in 1994, Thomas, 51, has coached the Knicks and Pacers and been the general manager for the Knicks and Raptors. Thomas said he had strong feelings for the Knicks, where he spent nearly five years in his two roles, but he said he would listen to offers from any team. ‘I’m like everyone else, I keep my options open,’ Thomas said. ‘My mom always said don’t burn any bridges. I followed her advice. It would have to be the right option and right place.’ […] ‘When you have had a lot of success, when you do have a failure, people like to point that one failure a lot. That just comes with the territory. …Even Coach (Bobby) Knight and Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski), they have people who love them and they definitely have their detractors. At the end of the day, they’ve won more than they’ve lost. At the end of the day, I’ve won more than I’ve lost.’”

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  • http://kobebeefnba.com LDR4

    He should be both GM and coach of the Magic because why the Hell not.

  • Billy

    Isiah, please please please do not come back to New York. At the end of the day, you’ve only reminded people about Eddy Curry.

  • Justin G.

    Why does he continually insist on wanting to ruin franchises?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Come On. This is funnier than the Dwight Howard “Loyalty” T-Shirt.

  • bike

    He should try the WNBA. Hear he is great with chicks.

  • ClydeSays

    His ego makes it impossible for him to be an effective GM or Coach. He signed players based on what he thought he could bring out of them, not what they could actually do or had done. Guys like Curry & Marbury were talented headcases before they turned up in NY. Adding Isiah to the mix just made it worse. His deals have set the Knicks back at least 5 years and that’s with an owner who is willing to spend. Imagine if he had signed the same group of washed up vets & headcases and given away picks in a place like Milwaukee or Portland? Those teams might never recover…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    No. NO. NOOO.

  • baba

    ‘My mom always said don’t burn any bridges’….build that bridge back up to magic

  • Darren

    ‘My gift is basketball.’….yeah PLAYING IT.

    ‘At the end of the day, I’ve won more than I’ve lost.’….not in New York you didn’t matey.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Zeke doesn’t have a bad eye for talent, i just don’t think he should be completely in charge of anything. he should be some team “Official Talent Suggester” and he can just share his opinion on players to a real GM.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    Yeah? And if I had wheels I’d be a wagon.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Howard has muscles and he’s sexy

  • dannyb

    In other news, Bernie Madoff said he wants to be an investment advisor again.

  • http://www.starting5.com.au NM30

    Sorry isiaih you suck

  • bonk

    Magic better not even think about it. There better off with shaq

  • crooklyn

    Give me a break with “success” in this league. Over the last 28+ years only 8 (EIGHT) teams have won the chip. That is out of 30 (THIRTY). Hundreds of people are involved in the running of these organizations and we can’t find other failures but zeke…please