Thomas, Knicks Win Opener. Wait, What?!?

November 2, 2006 – 8:38 am by Ryan Phillips

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.

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  1. One Response to “Thomas, Knicks Win Opener. Wait, What?!?”

  2. Renaldo gets alot of heat, but I don’t think he will be that bad. But with the overglut of SF on the roster, he won’t get much PT. I did see him play for South Carolina and I was impressed with his hustle and defense.

    By Anonymous on Nov 2, 2006

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