What I don't get is the complete blind hatred you and tom seem to have for Thomas.
Why do you keep saying this rubbish?
I admire Isiah Thomas. He was one of my favorite players, and his life story (escaping his crappy neighborhood) is inspirational.
I simply have, like Jay, a different definition of the word "good".
He was not a good coach. Despite all of the coaching turmoil early in this season, his name never came up for a coaching job.
He has a good gig right now. I've never questioned his player evaluation skills.
You seem to have a lot of hatred for my opinion on this, which seems to be 75% the same opinion as yours.
on these points we agree:
1. Replacing Isiah Thomas with Rick Carlisle was a good move.
2. The timing of the firing was poor-- it should have been done earlier.
3. Isiah Thomas was well-liked and a good mentor and role model to at least a few key players
4. IT had some obvious shortcomings in handling player rotations and getting consistent effort and production
5. Insinuations that IT didn't work hard or was uncommunicative are unfair. We don't know what went on in the minds (and offices) of Bird, Thomas, and Walsh
on this we disagree:
1. You say IT deserved to be fired, though he was "good" whereas I say he was not "good"
2. You say (I think) that since the timing of the firing was not right it would have been better not to fire him at all, or at least to give him another year. I say that not firing him after the Boston series was a mistake, and if they chose once again to not fire him after Bird came on board, it would have been compounding the mistake.