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Isiah Thomas wants to replace Billy Hunter. Worst. Idea. Ever.

Nov 12, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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What would be the one thing that could make the situation for the NBA union worse? What one person could find a way to take a terrible situation and turn it into an unmitigated disaster?

Hello Isiah Thomas.

From rumormonger Peter Vecsey at the New York Post (so please consume this with liberal amounts of salt) comes a report of a situation very unlikely to ever become reality in this universe (please let it never happen in this universe). But apparently Thomas wants Billy Hunter’s job as head of the NBA players union, according to the New York Post (via Eye On Basketball).

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?

I have no doubt Thomas would want that job (he was once president of the players union, remember). But he ruined the Continental Basketball Association and the Knicks. I have serious, serious doubts that any player would actually vote to put him in charge. Not even Michael Beasley after a tin of “brownies” would vote for him.

But man, what an idea.

  1. southernpatriots - Nov 12, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    If anyone allows Isiah Thomas to even be around the area where negotiations are ongoing, they need to have their head examined. Keep this indendiary mouth away from anything that sound minded people want to do. He not only will mess it up for those directly involved but for everyone else as well. Don’t allow him near the chef because everyone eating will be sick. That is Isiah. Having him on US soil is bad enough… Wonder if Latvia needs a coach?

  2. themanchine - Nov 12, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Perfect picture.

  3. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Nov 12, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    I’ve got a bad case of schadenfreude thinking about this. Owners, union leadership and players DESERVE this to happen.

    • mondogarage - Nov 12, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      I’ll go a step further. At this point, Isaiah Thomas clearly should be the frontrunner to replace David Stern. Because, really, the NBA deserves nothing more. Or less.

      • therealhtj - Nov 12, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        No chance. Nosferatu Silver will make any and all challengers “disappear.”

      • derekjetersmansion - Nov 12, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        Simmons has mentioned something like this in the past about how Isiah wants Stern’s job really badly. So to shut him up, he recommended him to the CBA or something like that.

  4. bmmayhew - Nov 12, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    NBA owners just seconded this idea. Who doesn’t want to negotiate against Isiah?

  5. mondzy805 - Nov 12, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Lmao. This guy is such a Media whore. Such a shame for one of the best PG to every play the game.

  6. marcusfitzhugh - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    Allow me to explore the option and ask “Why is having Isiah Thomas as the Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association a bad idea? From a fan’s standpoint, what is the absolute worst thing that could happen? They could stop playing basketball over a labor disagreement. Hmmm… and exactly where are we right now? So I have to ask, “Is Isiah Thomas really worse than Billy Hunter?” Really? The players association has had YEARS to come to an agreement with the owners. Yet they haven’t. The NBAPA acts like this is a surprise, “Oh man, they locked us out.” And nobody saw that coming? If they did, shouldn’t something have been done? Wouldn’t the “they” in that equation be the PA? Specifically, Billy Hunter? I’m not saying the owners are easy to negotiate with. I’m not saying their demands are fair. Although I’ve got a suspicion that Billy Hunter is adequately compensated for dealing with “less than easy, unfair demands”

    What I am saying is “The NBA has stopped and somebody could have done something about it.” If the current guys can’t get the job done, maybe they’re in over their heads. Perhaps the NBAPA should explore other options.

  7. goforthanddie - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    I imagine Isiah can ignore the majority of players and only worry about what the superstars/agents want. That’s all Hunter’s doing.

  8. irishjackmp - Nov 13, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    After a careful review of all of the Isiah bashing going on in the media and on this message board we, the undersigned, felt compelled to post here to offer up a strident defense of Mr. Thomas.

    It is clear though his performance as coach of the Pacers, CEO of the CBA, his running of the Knicks and his coaching stint at Florida International that Mr Thomas displays a superior basketball acumen, leadership skills and a touch for leaving every basketball situation he enters signifigantly better off than he found it beyond what anyone else in the basketball community could possibly dream of.

    And it is because of these traits that we, the undersigned, fully endorse his appointment to the head of the NBLPA in the strongest possible terms.


    The NBA Owners

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