It looks like the New York Knicks will finally be rid of Isiah Thomas after a very controversial tenure as coach:
New York Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas has apparently already been told he will not return next season, ending a disastrous two-year tenure on the bench.
The Knicks closed out a 23-59 season on Wednesday with a 132-123 loss to the Indiana Pacers, giving Thomas a record of 56-108 in his two years after replacing Larry Brown. This year's mark equaled Brown's 2005-06 record.
New Knicks president Donnie Walsh has not yet made an official announcement on Thomas' fate, although the New York Daily News reported that Walsh informed Thomas of his decision last week.
The New York Times describes the situation:
After all the determined talk in recent weeks about soldiering on, even as his nameplate was removed from the team president's door, Thomas had to all but admit he was coaching his last game for the Knicks on Wednesday night. Not surprisingly, it was a 132-123 defeat to the Pacers, giving him a 23-59, Larry Brown-matching season before he faces his expected executioner, Donnie Walsh.
"I'm not used to being on the bottom," Thomas said before the morning shoot-around at Conseco Fieldhouse. "However, this is the bottom and this is how you get treated on the bottom."
If there is a place for Thomas in the Knicks' organization until the matter of his contract is resolved, it will be something akin to a scouting assignment to Slovenia. By now, Walsh surely understands that the New York basketball community does not want more rationalizations from Thomas, or, worse, postulations for the future.