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count55
03-26-2009, 10:15 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4016566
Chris Sheridan, ESPN


NEW YORK -- Isiah Thomas is actively seeking work again, and he spoke several weeks ago with Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a meeting arranged by current coach/general manager Mike Dunleavy, ESPN.com learned Wednesday.

Several NBA sources confirmed the February meeting between the former president and general manager of the New York Knicks, adding that there were follow-up discussions between Thomas and other high-ranking club officials -- but also stressing that no job has been offered.

Discussions between former Knicks GM Isiah Thomas and the Los Angeles Clippers were described by one source as informal yet substantive.

Sterling is said to be considering adding another executive to the Los Angeles front office to alleviate some of Dunleavy's responsibilities in his dual role as coach and general manager. Former Lakers and Grizzlies general manager Jerry West was linked to a possible Clippers front office job before he publicly disavowed any interest.

The discussions between Thomas and the Clippers were described by one source as informal yet substantive. Thomas remains under contract to the Knicks for the remainder of this season and two more, but he has the franchise's permission to seek employment elsewhere. He was fired as Knicks coach and general manager last spring and was replaced by Donnie Walsh in the front office and Mike D'Antoni on the bench.

One source with knowledge of Thomas' thinking said it now appears he has shifted his focus to pursuing a head coaching position at the college level. The same source said Thomas' name was discussed at the highest levels of the Grizzlies organization when Memphis fired Marc Iavaroni earlier this season.

Typical Clippers..."I'm going to ask Megan Fox to go to the party with me, but if she says no, I'll just ask Roseanne Barr."

(Seriously, though...if Isiah Thomas and the Clippers join forces...it could be one of the signs of the apocalypse.)





(Or, just, finally, sweet surrender on both their parts.)

idioteque
03-26-2009, 10:52 AM
What are these people thinking. I wouldn't trust Isiah Thomas to wash my car, much less run another NBA team.

Naptown_Seth
03-26-2009, 10:59 AM
As if Isiah wasn't depressed enough. This would make Sterling the new Dr. Kevorkian.

pacergod2
03-26-2009, 11:01 AM
Maybe this is a counter-intuitive situation. Like giving people with ADHD speed and it actually working to slow them down. I think it wouldn't be terrible as long as someone had the power to limit Isaiah's decisions. He makes decisions based on his friendliness with players. He put together a team of "me's" in NY. That's what he would be starting with out in LA. First thing he should do is salvage the careers of Camby and Kaman. Watch that sinking ship continue to sink and get the only valuable parts off the boat. In some odd way it might actually work if there was a mastermind a la Morway that can guide Thomas.

Trader Joe
03-26-2009, 11:06 AM
Poor Eric Gordon.

special ed
03-26-2009, 11:10 AM
Trust me, there are still a number of Isiah fans out there that claim Isiah had some bad "breaks" with the Pacers (injuries, personal situations, etc...). And any number of them will tell people willing to listen that the guy knows talent and had collected a bunch of it both here and in NY (nevermind we all know who was responsible for that Fred Jones pick or having Bender guarding Antoine Walker in Isiah's 3rd one and done first round playoff exit).
Yet Isiah's name continues to surface even though the majority of NBA fans at least around here know that it's a train wreck. We all wondered WTF Dolan was thinking when he gave the keys to that franchise to Zeke (who immediately started gathering Sweetney, Jared Jeffries, Jerome James, Starbury, Muhammed to name a few).
The guy obviously interviews like a pro. I could use some of those mad skills.
Let Zeke be the talent coordinator. I'd almost guarantee that he would have never drafted that pick the Knicks took number one from Italy this year. Of course, only Donnie and D'Antoni thought that would have worked.

Kid Minneapolis
03-26-2009, 11:11 AM
I didn't think it was possible for the Clippers organization to suck any more than it currently does, but by bringing Isiah Thomas in, they're out to prove that it *is* possible.

BKK
03-26-2009, 11:34 AM
at least the big free agent - big name spending has "already" been done :box:

Jonathan
03-26-2009, 11:45 AM
Yes, Jermaine O'neal is going to be back to all-star form as soon as he signs a max deal.

count55
03-26-2009, 12:01 PM
On the plus side, trading Tinsley may be about to get a lot easier.

QuickRelease
03-26-2009, 04:28 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4016566

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Updated: March 26, 11:24 AM ET
Sources: Thomas, Clippers talk
<hr size="1" width="100%" noshade="noshade"> By Chris Sheridan
ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Isiah Thomas (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=3507) is actively seeking work again, and he spoke several weeks ago with Los Angeles Clippers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=lac) owner Donald Sterling in a meeting arranged by current coach/general manager Mike Dunleavy (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=1708), ESPN.com learned Wednesday. Several NBA sources confirmed the February meeting between the former president and general manager of the New York Knicks (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=nyk), adding that there were follow-up discussions between Thomas and other high-ranking club officials -- but also stressing that no job has been offered. <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="2" width="5"><spacer type="block" width="5" height="1"></td><td width="200">http://sports.espn.go.com/photo/2009/0325/nba_g_thomas1_sw_200.jpg</td></tr><tr><td width="200">Discussions between former Knicks GM Isiah Thomas and the Los Angeles Clippers were described by one source as informal yet substantive.</td></tr></tbody></table> Sterling is said to be considering adding another executive to the Los Angeles front office to alleviate some of Dunleavy's responsibilities in his dual role as coach and general manager. Former Lakers and Grizzlies general manager Jerry West was linked to a possible Clippers front office job before he publicly disavowed any interest. The discussions between Thomas and the Clippers were described by one source as informal yet substantive. Thomas remains under contract to the Knicks for the remainder of this season and two more, but he has the franchise's permission to seek employment elsewhere. He was fired as Knicks coach and general manager last spring and was replaced by Donnie Walsh in the front office and Mike D'Antoni on the bench. One source with knowledge of Thomas' thinking said it now appears he has shifted his focus to pursuing a head coaching position at the college level. The same source said Thomas' name was discussed at the highest levels of the Grizzlies organization when Memphis fired Marc Iavaroni earlier this season. Thomas' stint running the Knicks was as unsuccessful as it was uncomfortable. He hired and then fired Lenny Wilkins and Larry Brown, was a defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former marketing executive that MSG lost and was the object of taunts, protects and chants from disgruntled fans throughout 2007-08. He has still not commented publicly on the circumstances surrounding an overdose of sleeping pills that hospitalized him last October, but he has not been keeping a low profile. He was spotted two weeks ago scouting the Pac-10 tournament and told The Associated Press: "I've still been very active, seeing a lot of games and doing a lot of scouting and looking forward to helping Donnie with the draft." Dunleavy, who also has two more seasons after this one remaining on his contract, has been coach of the Clippers since the start of the 2003-04 season, making him the league's third-most tenured coach behind Utah's Jerry Sloan and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich. The Clippers' firing of longtime vice president Elgin Baylor earlier this season -- and Baylor's subsequent lawsuit alleging racial discrimination -- has left Dunleavy in a position of unusual strength, and one source insisted that all the recent speculation regarding West and/or Randy Pfund joining the front office was a smoke screen to defray the criticism of the franchise that has arisen since Baylor's lawsuit was filed. Additionally, Clippers brass are said to be pleased with the work of current assistant general manager Neil Olshey, and generally are more concerned with Dunleavy's effectiveness as a coach than as a general manager. Dunleavy has generally won praise for his salary cap management and his most recent personnel moves such as signing Baron Davis (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=194), acquiring Zach Randolph (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=1017) from New York for Tim Thomas (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=847) and Cuttino Mobley (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=566), drafting Eric Gordon (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=3431) and acquiring roughly $2 million in cash considerations over the course of this season from teams dumping salaries. Dunleavy's coaching is actually the area where the most justifiable criticism could be directed. The Clippers entered Wednesday night's game against New York 37 games under .500. He has clashed with some Clippers players, most notably Davis and Chris Kaman (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=1982), although Sterling has been publicly supportive of Dunleavy and overtly critical of his players, most recently when he went on a postgame rant in the locker room after a loss to San Antonio earlier this month. Chris Sheridan covers the NBA for ESPN Insider.

QuickRelease
03-26-2009, 04:32 PM
1 Minor market team + the destroyed CBA, sandwiched between 2 major market teams he's going to crush. I love Donald Sterling!!!!!!!!!!

MrSparko
03-26-2009, 05:04 PM
As previously stated we just found our Tinsley solution. :cool:

Hicks
03-26-2009, 05:20 PM
This has to happen.

CableKC
03-26-2009, 05:25 PM
Wow....it seems that Dunleavy Sr arranged the meeting between Sterling and Zeke.

Dunleavy Sr. must be really p*ssed that the Clippers FO was going to demote him of some of his GM duties that he would resort to inflicting this level of damage to the Clippers Organization.

ABADays
03-26-2009, 08:28 PM
I didn't think it was possible for the Clippers organization to suck any more than it currently does, but by bringing Isiah Thomas in, they're out to prove that it *is* possible.

Don't ya know.

Anthem
03-26-2009, 09:51 PM
Oh baby.

Hey, LA, if Baron's not working for ya we've got just the guy to replace him!

CableKC
03-26-2009, 10:21 PM
Oh baby.

Hey, LA, if Baron's not working for ya we've got just the guy to replace him!
As long as they don't send back Baron......

pacers31tc
03-27-2009, 08:09 AM
This would be incredible...

wintermute
03-27-2009, 01:22 PM
clippers are denying...

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-clippers27-2009mar27,0,3565318.story



Within the last couple of weeks, the Clippers have been linked in various reports to Lakers' assistant GM Ronnie Lester, former Lakers GM and legend Jerry West, former Lakers coach Randy Pfund, and, former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, the latter three names surfacing in the last few days.

Lester and West denied there were job offers, in separate interviews with The Times. Thomas is doing what he can to try to get back into the game, and with his daughter set to attend Loyola Marymount, he offered to work for the Clippers without getting paid because he is still receiving money from the Knicks, Dunleavy said.

The Clippers were sympathetic to Thomas' overtures.

"Isiah came to us," Dunleavy said in a telephone interview Thursday morning. "I wasn't going to be a jerk and say, 'I can't talk to you.' But there's no position in the organization for him."

Thomas ran into Sterling at a party and apparently pushed for work and asked whether he could sit next to the owner at an upcoming game, according to Dunleavy.

That didn't happen.


wow, it's really at a low for isiah

Mourning
03-27-2009, 01:31 PM
Wow....it seems that Dunleavy Sr arranged the meeting between Sterling and Zeke.

Dunleavy Sr. must be really p*ssed that the Clippers FO was going to demote him of some of his GM duties that he would resort to inflicting this level of damage to the Clippers Organization.

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: