Reports are that FIU could have a new basketball coach as early as Tuesday.
The new coach? Isiah Thomas.
You may have heard of him. He is most recently remembered for driving the New York Knicks organization into the ground as President of Basketball Operations and as head coach, leading a team with the second-highest payroll to the second-worst record in the league, and for overdosing on sleeping pills. Let's not forget the sexual harassment lawsuit and allegations of racism that were thrown in with his days in New York.
Before that though, Thomas was one hell of a player on the court for the Detroit Pistons when he won two NBA titles, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000 on his first time on the ballot.
However, his time as a coach was not nearly as successful, with a .456 winning percentage in five seasons, missing the playoffs twice, and never advancing past the first round.
To be fair though, FIU's basketball program is no prized horse, as they finished last season with a 13-20 record. So Thomas can't really bring the program down that much more, right? The only place to go from there is up!
Anyways, he apparently likes the location of the school (who could argue with Miami, really?), and wants a place where he could start fresh.
According to the report, FIU AD, Pete Garcia was checking on the viability of hiring Thomas.
If a deal can't be reached this week, FIU does have other prospects on their wishlist. One of which is another great player-turned-controversial figure in the media. Yes, you guessed it, former Miami Heat player, and everyone's ummm... favorite(?) homophobe: Tim Hardaway.
I'm not questioning either of these guy's knowledge of the game (though I am questioning Thomas' knowledge of good business when he traded away several draft picks, including a couple of lottery picks for Eddy Curry, but i digress...), but wow, FIU, you sure do know how to pick 'em.
I guess there aren't any stand-up individuals who will help mold a young Golden Panthers team into exceptional young men both on and off the court, just big name former NBA-ers who will bring the small program some much-needed publicity. I mean honestly, when was the last time FIU sports got national coverage? Might it be this incident?
After all, any publicity is good publicity, right?