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Yes, the Pistons are considering Isiah Thomas for their head coaching position

Jun 7, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

Isiah Thomas

ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard has the report, via twitter:

Isiah Thomas on Pistons’ list of coaching candidates, sources say. Not top candidate; on list w/Mike Woodson, Kelvin Sampson, Bill Laimbeer.

Thomas’ name has become synonymous with disaster since he retired as a player, but he wasn’t that bad of a coach when he didn’t have to coach rosters that he put together: Thomas had a record of .500 or better in all three of his seasons as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers, and made the playoffs each year.

Thomas is currently the coach of the FIU Golden Panthers, who went 11-19 last season. As one of the greatest, if not the greatest, players in Pistons history, Thomas could be a sentimental favorite for the head coaching spot. However, it will be hard to get anybody excited about Thomas’ return to the NBA in any sort of official capacity after the Knicks fiasco.

  1. denverhoopdreams - Jun 7, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    AND KNICKS FANS RELEASE A HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF EVERYWHERE…. at least for now.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 7, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    What is Dumars smoking (and where can i get some)?

  3. iDroidX - Jun 7, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Over/under is 2 years.

  4. SmackSaw - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    I believe that Isiah Thomas can make Detroit basketball what it once
    was: an arctic region, covered with ice.

  5. randysavage4ever - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    If Isiah Thomas is going to succeed anywhere at coaching for the rest of his life it is going to be in THE MOTOR CITY… not florida international or anything like that…

    Detroit is the only place that still has love for him…they need a spark, he is a legend in that city…

    I dunno I approve only because its that “home sweet home” type thing & because on the court I have infinite amount of respect for Isiah Thomas game – he was a beast…

    I know the rest of ProBasketballTalk planet hates his guts, but after the John Kuester year, I dont know how it could get any worse & you are taking a risk with possibly high reward…

    I think Isiah Thomas for everything he has been through, to come back and coach the Pistons back to greatness would be some kind of story…

    • almzor - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:32 PM

      I think the article makes a good point. As long as the FO doesn’t hand him the keys to all player decisions, he could do a great job focusing on coaching.

    • denverhoopdreams - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:34 PM

      Honestly man, I don’t hate Isiah. He definitely was one of the beastliest all-stars on the court during his time.

      We all just think its great to laugh at the misfortunes that followed him when he worked for the Knicks. At least, that is the way I look at it.

      Besides, I think there is always a chance for someone to be successful during thier second chances. Second chances are always deserved..

  6. downtowndanny - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    with that list of names Mike Woodson should start shopping for a house in Auburn Hills….but in reality it’s time Dumars vacated his seat too! That team hasn’t been relavant since Sheed left. Ben Wallace, Charlie V, not gonna get it done. Abandoning Chauncey for Stuckey hasn’t worked out too well either. I like Bynum but really it’s time to blow up the team. Rip & Tayshun still got some run left in them.

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