posted on Jun, 23 2006 @ 08:51 PM
The New York Knicks announced yesterday that coach Larry Brown had been fired and replaced by General Manager Isiah Thomas. Brown had only coached
for one year in New York and the Knicks had finished with an NBA-worst 23-59 record. He still has four years and $40 million left his contract. The
Knicks are already saying that they are not paying him that full amount, and that they want commissioner David Stern to arbitrate a settlement.
This is yet another episode in a long list of ugly experiences for Brown. Although he has been successful, he continues to exit jobs in an unfriendly
manner. In Brown's six coaching jobs since leaving the University of Kansas in 1989, he has either quit or been fired from each job with time left
on the contract. Every team has had to pay some or all of his remaining salary after he had left the team.
Thomas is the head coach right now, but not too many people outside New York have faith in him. Richard Justice, the NBA correspondent to ESPN, said,
"He is the most unhireable man in the NBA other than the two jobs he currently holds." The Knicks are a wreck, with incompatible talent and salaries
through the roof. How long can Isiah last?
[Edited on 6/25/06 by BirdstheBest]