QUITE FRANKLY: Just Fire Isiah

thomas3.jpgIsiah Thomas is still the Knicks head coach and still their president. There's a serious problem with that. The Knicks are 2-8 and on their way to another miserable season. We've already seen a sexual harrassment case against Thomas and Garden CEO James Dolan, a public war of words between Thomas and star point guard Stephon Marbury, Thomas throwing the team out of practice, and a team munity against Marbury. It's time for someone to take responsibilty and say enough is enough.

When asked about his status with the team and the current state of the Knicks, Isiah responded:
Via Mitch Lawrence NY Daily News:
"I just don't think that this is the time to panic, after 11games in the season.....This is not the time to just blow everything up and to say that the guys we've got here and the changes and the moves we made, after 11games, you judge it. That's not the way this league goes.

"Again, there is a lot of time here. I do understand the frustration and the venom and the anger, but that comes with the passion of the fans. When you get frustrated, the first thing you think about doing is making changes. But this isn't the time to make changes.

"Believe me, when that time comes, I'll be the first to say it. I've seen and been through a lot of situations in the NBA and this is not the time to abandon ship and make changes. We'll get through this."

When Thomas arrived in December of 2003 he came in and made changes to try and help a struggling franchise. He's traded overpaid stars, traded guys HE overpaid for, traded away several future draft picks, including the number 2 overall pick in 2006. He hired Larry Brown only to fire him a year later and take over himself. Dolan then proclaimed that Thomas would have one year to turn the Knicks around.....in March, Thomas signed a contract extension with the Knicks.

knicks072.jpgAnother accomplishment of Thomas' reign in New York was the infamous brawl last December with the Denver Nuggets. Thomas allegedly told his players to commit hard fouls beacuse Denver had their star players on the court during the final minutes of a blowout and he felt he was being shown up. An inicident that was disgraceful for the NBA and the Knicks organization.

A franchise that was once so respected and rich in tradition is now a laughing stock. Its time for Dolan to can Isiah and get rid of Marbury. How much worse can the Knicks possibly be without them? There's only one direction, and thats up and that's without Thomas leading the team. The Knicks are run as if they took those kids, who ask for your money for candy off the subway. How can anyone in their right mind run an organization like this? This is an embrassment to the city of New York. Madison Square Garden used to always be a hot ticket but it's no longer the place to be. For the most part people only go to the games so they can participate in the "Fire Isiah" chants. The Isiah Thomas New York Knicks are pitiful, woeful, disgusting, and horrid.

trademe.jpg It's time for a change at the Garden, start from the top and work your way through the organization and team. Dolan, wake up and smell the coffee. How much more of your money is Isiah going to waste? Thomas has commited crimes, has pushed people around the league and in the offices to the edge, he has angered a once loyal fanbase. It's time to listen to the fans (many who are Cablevision subscribers) and Fire Isiah. You've lost games, your pride, your diginty, your money and your fans. Firing Isiah can only make things better. Make the Knicks one of the NBA's elite again, make Madison Square Garden the place to be again....what more do you have to lose?

(Frank's articles can also be read at HotStoveNewYork.com)
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