“I definitely want to be in basketball again whether it be coaching or as a general manager,” Thomas said by phone. “My gift is basketball. I would love working with the kids. If it’s the right college program, I would consider it. If it’s the right GM job or coaching job in the NBA, I would consider it. I love the game. I just want to be in the game.”
This sentiment probably isn’t common outside of Detroit, where Isiah is still pretty universally loved, but I hope he gets another opportunity. A general manager job is probably out of the question — there’s not much defense I can muster for his tenure with the Knicks. But coaching or scouting would be up his alley and, although his record wasn’t good at Florida International, he was highly successful at motivating his players in the classroom. Perhaps he could get a shot at another small college. He’s truly one of the game’s legends and it would be a shame not to have him involved in basketball in some capacity.