Monday, April 21, 2008
Knicks have lots of great options to fill Isiah's shoes
Now that Isiah Thomas has officially been canned (what took so long?) new Knicks prez Donnie Walsh needs to assemble a coaching candidate list. The obvious choices include former NBA coach Rick Carlisle, former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy and former Knicks player Mark Jackson.
We here at Page 2 have some other ideas. After all, the Knicks just endured the worst stretch in franchise history. Isn't it time to think a little outside the box?
Think Larry would want another crack with the Knicks? Probably not.
LARRY BROWN Pro: Only coach in history to win an NCAA championship and an NBA title
Con: Coached the Knicks to a 23-59 record in 2005-06 -- the same record Isiah led them to this past season
JOHN CALIPARI Pro: Just coached the University of Memphis to the NCAA championship game; has NBA head-coaching experience
Con: Botched the final couple minutes of the NCAA championship game; 72-112 record during his NBA head-coaching experience
JERRY TARKANIAN Pro: Known for achieving success despite the most trying of distractions
Con: It's not as difficult to get a national championship ring as you think.
DAVID STERN Pro: Has demonstrated he cares deeply about the state of the franchise in the past
Con: Can't rig the lottery in the Knicks' favor if he becomes an official Knicks employee
STEPHON MARBURY (Player/Coach) Pro: Media savvy; gave the greatest interview in NBA historyCon: Thought "dime" and "assist" were different things in said interview
Sir Charles probably wouldn't be smiling much if he was running the Knicks.
CHARLES BARKLEY Pro: One of the most outspoken guys around the NBA; he'll tell the players how it really is
Con: Once he tells them how it really is, the players will probably start weeping
BILL BELICHICK Pro: Would be ultramotivated by such a new, exciting challenge
Con: Might resign after one day as HC of NYK.
CRAIG T. NELSON Pro: His character in "Coach" was the respected and successful head coach that Isiah Thomas never was. A few minor script changes could make him knowledgeable about basketball instead of football
Con: Instead of coaching, he might spend every game begging Spike Lee for film work
SIMON COWELL Pro: A tremendous judge of talent
Con: Not much to judge on the current roster
CHUCK DALY Pro: Career winning percentage approaching .600 and two championship rings
Con: This makes entirely too much sense
WHOOPI GOLDBERG Pro: Already led a woeful Knicks team to the playoffs in "Eddie."
Con: Has had about as much career success in the past decade as Isiah Thomas
Maybe Spencer would have some friends if he ran an NBA team?
SPENCER PRATT Pro: Used to cameras following his every move
Con: As far as we can tell, he's never had a real job, right?
LATRELL SPREWELL Pro: Intensity, competitiveness, link to 1999 Eastern Conference championship team
Con: Difficult to feed family on coach's salary
BRITNEY SPEARS Pro: Can't be a bigger train wreck than Isiah
Con: On second thought