Monday, May 15, 2006
Knicks Brown out?
Brown's tumultuous debut season as Knicks' coach was marred by public feuding with Marbury and scraps with other players who maintained that Brown provided little consistency by constantly changing the starting lineup. But the bottom line is the team that Thomas assembled tied a club record for losses (they had the same record in 1985-86 and went 21-59 in 1962-63). How could this be Brown's fault? Brown won the NBA title just two years ago with the Pistons and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. When Thomas hired him last July, he gushed: "Larry Brown is not just one of the best coaches in the NBA today, but in its history. He has made every team he has ever coached a winner, with a legendary approach to teaching and motivating his players. His value to us as a franchise at this time is immeasurable.” Now Thomas wants him fired.
Dolan should can Thomas instead. Thomas has never had success as a GM or coach, and is facing sexual harassment charges by a former team employee. "Thomas will do anything to save himself, because he knows the Garden is the end of the line for him," Daily News sports columnist Mike Lupica contends. "He will never get another job as a top executive in basketball after this, he will not get a top coaching job, at least without hiring himself to do it."
Thanks to Thomas' trade of their No. 1 pick for the lumbering Curry, the Knicks won't qualify for a lottery selection in the June 28 NBA draft. That should be reason enough to doubt Thomas, not Coach Brown.
And what the hell is Dolan thinking? How can an ostensibly sentient adult look at this situation and come to the conclusion that Brown is the guy who has to go?? Unbelievable!