Yes you read that right, Isiah Thomas, the worst executive this side of Kenneth Lay, guided his team to a 118-117 triple overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies last night. In the first game of his tenure as head coach, Thomas’ roster of over-paid under-achievers stayed true to form, blowing a 19-point, fourth-quarter lead along the way. Quentin Richardson led the way with 31 points and 9 assists, while Jamal Crawford added 21, Starbury went for 19 and Eddie Curry – who is apparently the only non-shooting guard on the roster – had 17 points and 14 rebounds.
The opening game came just days after former coach (and walking corpse) Larry Brown and the Knicks settled a contract dispute, with rumors swirling that Brown made off with more than $30 million. Yes, that’s right, Brown got $30 million for 1 season and 23 wins. Only in America.
Here are some choice Isiah post game quotes and what we think of what he said:
“We showed them we have great courage and fight and we found a way to win. I have a lot of respect for our guys.”
-Um Zeke, I would hope you respect them since the average player on your roster this is making $10.1 million this year and you sure as hell aren’t paying them because they play well together.
“It’s never pretty on the road. It’s always ugly. I was pleased with the whole team. They gave a gutsy effort.”
-Apparently blowing a 19-point fourth quarter lead and backing into a win is actually a “gutsy effort” in that cosmic skull jelly between Isiah Thomas’ ears.
“There were some crazy plays at the end and we could have caved in.”
-Translation: I can’t f-ing believe we won. I still don’t know how it happened.
On the bright side, stellar draft pick Renaldo Balkman had a great line in his debut. 8 minutes, 0 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 4 fouls. Sweet, keep it up Renaldo.