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Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Updated: June 28, 3:53 PM ET
Zeke's got the touch of doom

By Patrick Hruby and Kurt Snibbe
Page 2

Larry Brown is out. Isiah Thomas is in. Which can only mean one thing.

The New York Knicks are about to get even worse. Worse than 23-59. Worse than the Atlanta Hawks. Worse than being the league's leading laughingstock, an inept, ill-conceived collection of overpriced, underachieving talent. And also, worse than Jerome James.

We already know what you're thinking, The Knicks? Even worse? Is that possible?

Yes. It's possible. Probable. A near-mortal lock, in fact, a given now that Thomas is the team's coach.

Where there's Zeke, there's a way. To lose, that is.

Thomas led the Indiana Pacers to resounding mediocrity. He managed the CBA into near-extinction. His tenure as the Knicks' front office mastermind (and we use the term loosely) has made the Madison Square Garden faithful long for the halcyon days of Kenny "Sky" Walker.

And that's not the half of it.

An extensive Page 2 investigative report reveals that Thomas' blundering extends well beyond basketball. How far does the boondoggling go? The pictures tell the story...

The San Diego Chargers make highly regarded quarterback Ryan Leaf the No. 2 pick in the 1998 NFL draft.


North Carolina defeats Michigan 77-71 in the 1993 NCAA title game.


One of the biggest flops in recent Hollywood history, "Gigli" grossed just $5.6 million at the box office.


Janet Jackson provides halftime entertainment at the 2004 Super Bowl.


1876: The Battle of Little Bighorn.


1970: The Beatles announce their breakup.


An editor reviews the manuscript of James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces."


Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis poses with an adviser during the 1988 presidential election.


"Sir? Your pizzas are here. I'll have the intern bring them in."


Soft drink executives introduce New Coke.


"Zeke, you're doing a heckuva job."

Patrick Hruby is a columnist for Page 2. Sound off to Page 2 here.