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Isiah Thomas is On Fire These Days

January 3, 2008

Not only does he not see himself trading anyone from his flawed team of two non-defending big men and and over-dribbling guards,

Not only did his team get crushed by an iffy Sacramento team without their three stars Bibby/ Artest/ Kevin Martin,

Not only has Isiah told the media that he would (as GM) evaluate the job he has done as head coach only to come out of the two-week evaluation with the response “we’ll keep moving in this direction [with] me as head coach,”

Not only all of that:

Isiah Thomas predicts a title

Although Isiah Thomas has not won a single playoff game since coming to New York, the Knicks’ embattled president and coach predicted on Wednesday night that the franchise will win an NBA championship.

With Thomas in charge.

Seriously.

Sounding delusional, Thomas appeared to be talking to Garden chairman James Dolan through the media by saying he believes the Knicks will win a title and by reiterating that he has no plans to resign.

“My belief and what I see and where I believe we can go as a team and an organization, I believe one day that we will win a championship here and I believe a couple of these guys will be a part of that,” Thomas said before the Knicks were walloped at the Garden by the depleted Sacramento Kings, 107-97. “I believe I’ll be a part of that.”

Thomas admitted that his comments, which border on the absurd, leave him open for ridicule.

“As I sit here and I say it today, I know people will laugh even more at me, but I’m hell-bent on getting this accomplished and making sure that we get it done. And I’m not leaving until we get it done.”

With Walt Frazier sitting 10 feet away, Thomas even went a step further by stating that his goal is to leave a “legacy” that future Knicks team will live by.

“I don’t necessarily want to win a championship,” Thomas added. “I want to leave something that’s going to stand for a long time. I want to leave a legacy. I want to leave a tradition. I want to leave an imprint, a blueprint in terms of how people play and how they coach and how they respond when they put on a Knick uniform.

“I want to leave what I left in Detroit. Every person who walks through that door as a Piston, when they put on that uniform, there’s a certain pride that they carry. I want to put that here and I want to leave that here in New York. I want to leave a championship legacy.”

Of course, Thomas’ legacy after four years is a losing record, bad trades, poor free agent signings, a bloated payroll and a sexual harassment lawsuit won by a former female employee.

“This is a dark time for us, but I know there’s a light at the end of this tunnel and I’m going to keep digging and I’m going to keep pushing and I’m not going to quit. I’m going to do it here,” he said.

And from Mitch Lawrence of the Daily News:

Before the Knicks’ latest stinker, a 107-97 defeat to the depleted Kings, Thomas talked about doing more than just winning a championship in New York. Now he’s all about “leaving a legacy, a tradition, an imprint and a blueprint.”

Of all the nonsense Thomas has put forth during his four-plus years on the job, this might have been his strangest, saddest moment.

Thomas didn’t violate the Garden’s media policy.

He violated common sense, objective reality and something commonly referred to as the God’s honest truth.

When Thomas spoke of leaving the kind of legacy here that he left in Detroit, he, in effect, took full credit for the Pistons’ back-to-back titles, never mentioning owner Bill Davidson, GM Jack McCloskey, Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly or any of his teammates. Either out of respect or utter disbelief, no one so much as giggled.

This is proof that we fans just shouldn’t take sports so seriously. This kind of lunacy doesn’t really fly in our personal lives, does it? Probably not. Maybe it’s time, for Knick fans especially, to just go and pick up a new hobby. Like knitting. Or reading great works. Or building miniature furniture.

Speaking of which, I think I’ll be watching the Wire instead of the Knicks, maybe even reading this Wire blog. You should watch the Wire too.

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