After Larry Brown’s success in Detroit, Isiah knew he wouldn’t fit with the Knicks
After leading the Pistons to back to back NBA Finals appearances Larry Brown abruptly retired. However it was short lived, Brown returned to the sidelines the following season as head coach of the New York Knicks, leaving Pistons fans scratching their heads, wondering why he would go to the rebuilding franchise.
This was a hire that Thomas was not interested in making as a member of the Knicks’ front office. He expressed his concerns in meetings with owner Jim Dolan. Looking back it’s pretty hard to disagree.
He was critical of Brown coaching a young team saying “I think Larry’s a great coach but this is not the team for Larry Brown” he then elaborated by stating “this is a young team if we scratch out 25-30 wins with this team it’ll be a great year, he’s going to want more” in reference to hiring Brown.
He talks in detail about his time in New York and Larry Brown giving fans valuable insight. In the interview he mentioned three other candidates he felt would’ve been a better fit. Some of them may surprise you, he had a former bad boy on his radar. To find out who Just tune into Hoop Du Jour.