A match made in hell: Isiah Thomas interviewed with Los Angeles Clippers
Picking the better executive is easy. West was the Ferrari of front office suits, a master at bringing together top talent to win NBA Titles. Thomas was a dysfunctional K-Car, destroying the Raptors and Knicks. Not surprisingly, West recently turned down the Los Angeles Clippers offer of a front office position. And not surprisingly, Thomas, the laughingstock of GMs, was reportedly desperate to join the laughingstock of franchises …
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Their News: Isiah Thomas is actively seeking work again, and he spoke several weeks ago with Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a meeting arranged by current coach/general manager Mike Dunleavy, ESPN.com learned Wednesday.
Sterling is said to be considering adding another executive to the Los Angeles front office to alleviate some of Dunleavy’s responsibilities in his dual role as coach and general manager. Former Lakers and Grizzlies general manager Jerry West was linked to a possible Clippers front office job before he publicly disavowed any interest. (ESPN News)
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Picking the better player is difficult. Jerry West was a silky smooth swing for the Lakers, while many consider Isiah Thomas the greatest little man ever to don an NBA court.
Picking the better executive is easy. West was the Ferrari of front office suits, a master at bringing together top talent to win NBA Titles. Thomas was a dysfunctional K-car, destroying the Raptors and Knicks.
Not surprisingly, West recently turned down the Los Angeles Clippers offer of a front office position. And not surprisingly, Thomas, the laughingstock of GMs, was reportedly desperate to join the laughingstock of franchises.
Yes, the Clippers, The Don (as in Sterling), and the destroyer of basketball’s Mecca, Madison Square Gardens. A potential match made in hell for fans of Staples Center’s other tenant.
To be fair, Thomas is skilled at evaluating and drafting talent. In Toronto, Thomas selected Damon Stoudemire, Marcus Camby, and Tracy McGrady. Years later, with New York, he found serviceable pros like Trevor Ariza and Renaldo Balkman in the second round.
Unfortunately, Thomas has three strikes against him. First, the former Piston puts together rosters better suited to winning fantasy hoops, not NBA games. Second, he has burned more bridges than any player or executive in any professional sports league. And third, he is unstable. There was that nasty sexual harassment case and the thing where he ‘allegedly’ overdosed on prescription drugs and then blamed his daughter.
These blunders are significant enough to overshadow Thomas’ successes. After all, no owner could sell season ticket holders, corporate sponsors, and fans on the man responsible for Jerome James’ six year, 36 million dollar contract, right?
Well, wrong. The Clippers interviewed him for an executive position in February, a sort of front office capo to coach/GM Mike Dunleavy. Sterling made no formal offer and has continued searching.
Even the Clippers can realize they’re better off without Thomas and the circus that accompanies him.
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