Isiah Thomas was a great player in the NBA in the 1980′s and early 1990′s, but as he gets older, he is losing his mind.
Thomas won back to back championships with the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990, is a 12-time NBA All-Star, was selected to the 1996 NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Since he retired in 1994, the man has gone clinically insane. I’ll get to his previous actions later, but his recent statements reported by SportsGrid.com have me thinking Thomas needs a straight jacket and a muzzle.
In an interview with Fox Sports Bill Reiter, Thomas said if the Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan, the Boston Celtics Larry Bird or Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson were his size, they wouldn’t be regarded at the same level as they are now.
“I have no problem saying this at all,” Thomas said. “They’re (Magic Johnson and Larry Bird) all 6-(feet)-9 and (Michael Jordan) was 6-6 and a half. If they were all 6-1, it wouldn’t even be a question. They wouldn’t even f—ing rate. If they were all my size, s—, they wouldn’t even be talked about.”
“I beat the s— out of them when they were that big. If we were all the same size, f—.” Thomas said. In the interview he laughed then continued. “Make them 6-1 and let’s go on the court.”
Are you serious Thomas? Make me more athletic, give me a more consistent jump shot and some conditioning and I could beat you. How does that sound?
As I mentioned before, Thomas was a good player and is one of the best point guards to ever play the game but he was not on the same level as Bird, Johnson or Jordan. Bird was a better shooter, Johnson had better court vision and Jordan was a better scorer.Thomas did all of these things well, but not the same as them.
This might bring up some arguments with Piston fans, but it wasn’t that he always beat these players, the Pistons as a whole had a great defense. If he lost Jordan, players such as Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman were always there.
Even if Thomas was 6’6, I don’t think it would matter much. In retrospect, he beat those guys because of his speed. If he was 5-inches taller, he would be slower and forced to play their game. Maybe they’re saying, make Thomas 6’9 and let’s go to the court.
I don’t understand why such a great player constantly makes himself look ignorant. Before he made these statements, his actions with the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks made him look bad, not bad, horrible.
In 2000, he took over the Indiana Pacers who had just went to the NBA Finals against the Lakers. The Pacers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs each of the three years he was their coach. He traded the veteran experience they had in players such as Jalen Rose and Travis Best for young players Thomas wanted to develop. We all remember Ron Artest swinging punches in Detroit.
All of the players he said he could develop, did develop, just not under his leadership. Artest didn’t mature until he got to the Houston Rockets and the Lakers while Brad Miller didn’t hit the height of his career until he went to the Sacramento Kings.
The Thomas experiment with the Knicks is highly documented, which everyone in New York wish they could forget. The original thought when Thomas came to New York as president of operations was for him to better a team that had only been to the playoffs twice since the Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Pacers in 2000. Both playoff berths ended in first round elimanations.
Instead, Thomas made some ridiculous trades to not only worsen the team’s win/loss record but financially bind the Knicks.
He then became the Knicks’ coach in 2006 to try to save the team from further disaster. To say that didn’t work out is an understatement. The Knicks didn’t go to the playoffs at all during Thomas’ stay with the team.
Sometimes great basketball players don’t make great owners, coaches or reasonable thinking people. In Thomas’ case, he’s none of the above. I know he wants to get back in the NBA to prove he can be successful, but what he really needs to do is to check into a mental ward because what he’s really proving is his insanity.