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Report: ESPN considering Isiah Thomas as studio analyst

Sep 28, 2012, 11:07 AM EST

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You may not remember this, but before Isiah Thomas was a bad college coach or was ruining the Knicks, he was a pretty mediocre television analyst back when this network broadcast NBA games.

Now, ESPN/ABC may be bringing him back to the studio.

At least they are thinking about it, reports the New York Post.

Isiah Thomas , who had an undistinguished run as an NBA in-game analyst with NBC — and as a Knicks’ exec was successfully sued for sexual harassment — is a candidate for a studio position with ESPN.

Yes, we are talking the New York Post, so take this rumor with plenty of salt. Exactly what role in studio we don’t know, but you can imagine Thomas would jump at this kind of opportunity to keep himself in the limelight.

But the sexual harassment thing is a good point — if you are a corporation thinking about hiring Thomas your workplace culture and the risks have to be considered.

My guess is nothing comes of this. But I also think he will land a job somewhere in or around the NBA. If I had to guess where, I would imagine with a team on a very densely populated island in New York, but that would just be speculation.

  1. phaden27 - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    “The new co-host of Numbers Never Lie, I would like to introduce, Isiah Thompson….”

  2. dmaq1 - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    well the lineup they have now isn’t the best.. and this isn’t much of an improvement.

    upgrade from Broussard tho, maybe Thomas will have an opinion.

  3. Gordon - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    He also bankrupted the CBA, but who’s keeping track.

    • cantonbound13 - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      How about the time he threw his own daughter under the bus when he tried to commit suicide. He’s a real class act.

  4. billyblazin - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Reblogged this on *5 STAR LIFE*.

  5. hojo20 - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    He might be able to speak coherently, and be an upgrade over Magic Johnson.

  6. rajbais - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    When you watch NBA analysts on ESPN everyone looks scripted and they are too lazy to have an overall view of the league. You do not see analysts criticizing others scores that have horrible shooting percentages and you don’t have any analyses about Who would be a good individual matchup on home. All you have is “I love New York”, “I hate Miami” because everyone criticized “us” for “the decision”, and what big-name star can we put a headline to the point of overkill today!!!!!

    At least The guys at NBC criticized general managers and talked about coaches in a tone in which they needed to be fired because of poor performance. Nobody nobody at ESPN does that because they’re too lazy to do any research at the same time it seems as if David Stern has so much Power on ESPN it seems as if you cannot criticize him Or the league.

    My goodness, it also seems as if shoe companies have such influence at ESPN. For example Nike was so obsessed in doubling Kobe Bryant’s contract if he went to New York in 2004. The big market thing has been a myth for ages. People just want whatever looks flashier and entertaining and want more of it.

    NBA analysis is unwatchable thanks to ESPN!!

  7. cantonbound13 - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Just stay away from the Knicks, loser!

  8. rooney24 - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    I don’t blame Thomas for trying to get jobs in basketball. But, can’t basketball move on and leave him be? Does he just have some kind of dirt on everybody, that various entities keep hiring him?

    Does ESPN/ABC really think he is going to draw in more viewers? He was a very good player, but has failed (often monumentally) at nearly everything else basketball related since his playing days.

  9. zhangocracy - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Maybe Isiah can host an ESPN show with Matt Millen called Dumb & Dumber.

    • zhangocracy - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      And they can talk baseball.

  10. cosanostra71 - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    so sick of ESPN hiring former players just so they can name drop. How about hiring people who can actually speak in front of a camera coherently and present intelligent opinions instead of just talking about how much better sports were when you were playing and all the great players you used to play with that no one cares about.

  11. stayhigh_247 - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    So im supposed to believe that Magic & Zeke can coexist. I thought they still had beef from back in the day.

  12. rajbais - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    When you watch NBA analysts on ESPN everyone looks scripted and they are too lazy to have an overall view of the league. You do not see analysts criticizing others scores that have horrible shooting percentages and you don’t have any analyses about Who would be a good individual matchup on home. All you have is “I love New York”, “I hate Miami” because everyone criticized “us” for “the decision”, and what big-name star can we put a headline to the point of overkill today!!!!!

    At least The guys at NBC criticized general managers and talked about coaches in a tone in which they needed to be fired because of poor performance. Nobody nobody at ESPN does that because they’re too lazy to do any research.

    NBA analysis is unwatchable thanks to ESPN!!

  13. somekat - Sep 28, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    What is he analyzing? How to ruin a NBA team (Knicks)? How to ruin an entire league (CBA)? Or how to handle a sexual harrassment suite?

  14. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    They fired Harold Reynolds for much less

  15. papichulo55 - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Zekes on-the-court genius will always earn him a basketball job. He is considered by many as the greatest ‘Small Baller’ who ever played. The Suits who sign the checks cannot forget this, despite his well-published flaws.
    Anyway, who cares? All I want is a Lakers-Heat NBA Finals. Seventh game in double overtime!

  16. badintent - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Fired at FIU ! The school is surrounded by retirement villages, NO ONE gets fired from FIU, they just retire………………….Except Zeke…………………..Max loser.

  17. manchestermiracle - Sep 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Please don’t. Thank you.

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