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Isiah Thomas is back on your TV as analyst for NBA TV

Dec 19, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

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As you read this story, a lot of you will be testing out the mute button on your remote (something I tend to reserve for the Spurs broadcast team). But hear me out, this may not be a bad thing.

Isiah Thomas is going to be back on your television as a studio analyst for NBA TV, the station (run by Turner Sports) announced Wednesday. He will make his debut Friday night as NBA TV shows the Bulls vs. Knicks.

First off, it’s better than giving him a Knicks front office job again.

Thomas had a stint as a television analyst before, working for NBC from 1998-2000, before returning to the coaching ranks. I’ll be honest, I have little to no memory of how he did in that role.

But he has the potential to be good in studio. What are the requirements for that job? First, have good basketball knowledge. And no matter what you want to say about Thomas front office guy he is a Hall of Fame player who coached in the NBA and knows the game. Next, he’s charismatic (well, James Dolan thinks so). The question is can he pass that knowledge along — can he watch Joakim Noah’s play Friday night, see something and turn it into an insightful comment that helps us understand what is going on? We shall see.

Thomas has a bad rap online because he was a horrific GM for the Knicks. And ran the CBA into the ground. And was a mess as a college coach. And a few other things. All well deserved, we have certainly had our fun with Isiah here over the years. And will again.

But so long as he isn’t given personnel control over studio hosts, he should be fine. I’m willing to give him a chance.

  1. andrewproughcfe - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    He’s a good talker. I’ll never forget his “I just got back from Red Lobster” blast on Jim Rome’s radio show some years back, after Chucky Brown had been singing the praises of the NBA player per diem, which was enough money to “go to Red Lobster, get a good meal”, unlike his daily meal money in the CBA. Isiah has a sense of humor, and his broadcast work has been good. He would probably be real funny with Barkley, Shaq, Kenny and Ernie on TNT, but there’s really not room for a fifth wheel on that show.

    • bougin89 - Dec 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      He could replace Shaq. Shaq is awful on TNT.

      • badintent - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:14 PM

        have to have a “no touch the interns clause”

  2. cantonbound13 - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Any moron can get a job. No reason for unemployment.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      Proof that you live in a fantasy world.

  3. fanofevilempire - Dec 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Isiah knows talent , check out the players he has drafted.
    The only player he blew it on was Curry, that BIG good for nothing….
    otherwise a lot of those players were good after they left the Knicks.

    good luck Zeke.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 20, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      Yeah, because Mardy Collins and Renaldo Balkman have set the league on fire since they came in.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      Talent? Do you realize he built a team around Eddie Curry & Stephon Marbury? Not to mention “key additions” as he phrased it in Jeome James, Steve Francis & penny Hardaway.
      Are you insane??

      • xLith - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        Stevie Franchise did well in his return to the Rockets before he retired from injury. Coaching is more of the problem IMO.

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