Beyond the specifics of precise events, a generalized view of ancient predictions reveals threads of a common theme. In each glimpse into our future, the prophecies follow a clear pattern: descriptions of catastrophe are immediately followed by a vision of life, joy, and possibility.Interesting, no? The Isiah Thomas Effect is one of a self-believed basketball prophet who led the Knicks franchise through great catastrophe.
To be honest, I've been avoiding the sensationalism. I ignored the idea when I heard he's be on the radio today in what was sure to be a stunt to try to get more listeners.
What bothers me most is that there are people who WANT members of the media to HATE Isiah Thomas so they themselves can react to their preconceived notion of what is unjust.
I loved Isiah the player. His biggest flaw here was his ego, which is what made him a great player. He signed and traded for Jamal Crawford and Eddy Curry giving them no incentive-type deals based on what he felt they COULD become. In business we call that risk. Some of the greatest moves ever have come based on risk and rewards are reaped, but the other side of that story is usually utter disaster.
The off the court stuff bothers me a bit as well because that comes down to how you handle yourself as a person. How you carry yourself as a man. What happened behind the scenes, no one knows to be fair, but they lost the suit and that's a bad sign.
I writing this to urge you to look at what you read with caution and objectivity. Donnie Walsh didn't decide to go his own way because of Isiah Thomas. That is where the truth can be stretched. Walsh left because he was treated without respect and that is the real shame because he felt he could continue to build a champion.
Isiah cannot be hired by James Dolan in an executive role. I've received 50 emails over the past two days from season ticket holders who would dump their tickets if he did. But the owner doesn't care about the fans, this much we know.
I don't dislike Isiah. Many executives have failed and found success later. What Isiah did here was treat all of you like you were dumb. Like NYers aren't as smart and savvy as a kid from the streets of Chicago. Like Mike D'Antoni, I respect Zeke for taking the job in the first place and for trying to make things happen in difficult circumstances. It didn't work. Omar Minaya isn't coming back to the Mets.
Just be careful what you read and what you hear. The combination of "journalism" and "sensationalism for the dollar" is rearing its head. I don't need hits as badly as radio needs listeners, viewers need to be counted, and papers need to be sold. We have low overhead here.
Again, Walsh is out of the mix because of respect. CAA is embedded to the Garden walls. Who better for the press to call to the stand as their star witness than the guy who makes you all nervous knowing that the owner won't strike back. And when he does, firmly, like he did at the Melo press conference he is dismissed.
Isiah can come back as a scout or consultant as far as I'm concerned, just not in any position where he can lie to you and treat you like an idiot.
And again, as far as the owner, what can you say? The guy has been standing on third base his whole life. Would I care if he pulled my media credentials? Not in the least. Read up on successful leaders. They have a great surrounding group. They have people who they trust give advice on the decision. But they never, ever put themselves in a position where too many people are involved in swaying a decision. Their confidence level and expertise is what got them there and that just wasn't because of a last name.
So when you're sipping your coffee or favorite beverage today take a deep breath and sort all this stuff out. The Isiah Effect is versatile and can surface in many forms and on many occasions.
Just trust me when I tell you I really don't think it's all that big of a deal. The Knicks have to make the right hire and at this point it's hard to 100% fully believe they will. It's pretty clear that the people surrounding the owner are telling him he can't hire Isiah in an executive role.
Any other role doesn't bother me in the least.