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Rumor: Isiah Thomas wants to replace Billy Hunter

Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:00 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2011 2:33 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverisiah-thomas

Here's one of the dumber ideas you'll read all day.

The New York Post reports that Detroit Pistons Hall of Fame point guard and former New York Knicks executive Isiah Thomas has designs on taking over Billy Hunter's job as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association.
How many of you would be startled to discover Isiah Thomas has been creepin’ round Billy Hunter’s back door to get his job? 

How many would be stunned to learn Florida International University’s current head coach is angling in due course to replace the executive director of the Players Association should its membership feel flogged (compromised following so many compromises) by David Stern upon the completion of a new collective bargaining agreement or if negotiations again break down and additional salary (games) get forfeited?

According to a pretty piped-in informant, skulking and stalking are exactly what Thomas has been doing as Hunter tries not to lose further frontage to one clearly identified Nor’easter after another.
The ongoing NBA lockout just keeps devolving. Its pathetic, demoralizing twists and turns are never-ending and it is starting to morph into a weird made-for-television serial drama where well-known characters keep getting reincarnated as new, more despicable versions of themselves. First, it was NBA commissioner David Stern, the great compromiser and champion of social equality, being recast as a "modern plantation overseer." Then, it was the Greatest Basketball Player Ever, Michael Jordan, flip-flopping from the ultimate vocal advocate for players' rights to a hard-line owner bent on vacuuming up the players' every last penny and shred of dignity.

Now, it's Thomas, arguably the worst salary cap manager of the modern era (he gave major dolars to Jared Jeffries and Jerome James and traded for Eddy Curry, Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury), sending in his audition tape to become the chief negotiator of the system that governs hundreds of player contracts and sets the rules that will help guide the economic development of a global, billion-dollar sport.

(It is definitely worth mentioning that Thomas' conduct as a front office executive included allegations of sexual harrassment which resulted in an out-of-court settlement and rule-ignoring scouting scandal which later cost the Knicks hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Then, in 2008, he reportedly overdosed on sleeping pills, but denied it was a suicide attempt.) 

So, yeah, great idea. Thomas, an emotional former executive with a sketchy track record and a terrible reputation for decision-making replacing Hunter, a life-long lawyer with decades of negotiating experience and high-profile cases to his name. Can't wait for that to happen.

Update: Surprise, surprise, Thomas has issued a denial of the report to the New York Post.

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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:38 pm

Rumor: Isiah Thomas wants to replace Billy Hunter

Seriously? If Isiah ever makes a penny in an NBA position again, the league should fold on that decision alone.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:00 pm

Rumor: Isiah Thomas wants to replace Billy Hunter

I would like to say something on Isiah's behalf. I would like to but cannot. What an Isiah Executive Director would bring us is entertainment. While he was in New York he garnered more press and more national coverage than any other NBA executive including David Stern. For Isiah to eclipse all of those has proven his star power. Never mind the results - the media do. The media promote the sensational. Isiah brings sensational. The media ignore the facts to spin the controversial. Isiah is certainly controversial. Isiah can be charming. Isiah can be a snake striking behind others' back. Isiah in short is all that Billy Hunter is not.

Unfortunately Isiah is also not many things that Billy Hunter is. I want to respect Hunter but he has mishandled these negotiations from the start. He has failed to gauge the resolve of the owners until too late. But he does have years of experience in dealing with the NBA CBA. This Isiah does not have. Isiah does not have the understanding of the laws of the country (see sexual harassment charges). Isiah does not have the humility to listen to other people. Isiah does not have the respect of the players. Sorry Isiah but this job requires a superman not a superchump.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:48 pm

Rumor: Isiah Thomas wants to replace Billy Hunter

Wont this guy go away already? he had his time to shine he was a great basketball player but now he couldnt run a preschool, he destroyed the knicks and needs to stay with the college basketball team that hes ruining i meant running hahahha

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:41 am
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Since: May 18, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:44 am

Rumor: Isiah Thomas wants to replace Billy Hunter

He is ready to move on and ruin another organization. CBA and the New York Knicks and maybe the NBPA. 

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:29 am

BWahhh ha ha ha ha ha ha

Stick to sexually harrassing coworkers and chasing hot bunnies like the ones in the pic above. Perhaps he could demonstrate an ability to lead an organization BEFORE he pokes his nose into this mess. A burger joint perhaps? Maybe a Hooters....

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:02 am

Rumor: Isiah Thomas wants to replace Billy Hunter

This guy is the biggest joke of anything to do with basketball except as a player! Keep him away from  sports as everything he touches goes to hell.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:28 pm

Rumor: Isiah Thomas wants to replace Billy Hunter

Isiah Thomas was one the greastes players in NBA but i do not trust "Zeke" as head of the players union.He's James Dolan puppet and a pro contraction type of guy believe me if he was a the head of the union they would be 14 teams instead of 30.The teama that would make the cut Bobcats,Bulls,Cavs,Celtics Heat,Knicks,Lakers,Suns,Thunder,Pistons,Magic,Nets,Spurs,Rockets and Mavs

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:04 pm

Rumor: Isiah Thomas wants to replace Billy Hunter

Isiah Thomas? The guy who, post-playing career, is primarily known for running both the New York Knicks AND the Continental Basketball Association right into the ground?

What would he possibly have to offer as a union head?

On the other hand, when he and Jordan sat down across the negotiating table, they wouldn't have to PRETEND to hate each other...

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:21 pm

Rumor: Isiah Thomas wants to replace Billy Hunter

I wouldn't trust Mr thomas (the dirtest player ever) to bag my groceries!! 

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