The enigma that is Isiah “Zeke” Thomas

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The enigma that is Isiah “Zeke” Thomas

Isiah Thomas is one of the most peculiar people in NBA history. A great point guard and leader of the 2 time Champion Detroit Pistons in the late 80′s, then inconsistent executive and coach with the Raptors, Pacers and Knicks. His personal life outside basketball is also peculiar getting accused of sexual harassment by a subordinate, allegedly overdosing on sleep medication and implying “friend” Magic Johnson (reacting to his diagnosis of HIV) was homosexual in an interview on TV.
Thomas now, is coach at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and has produced no winning seasons at present. While in his first year at FIU, he took a second job as consultant for the Knicks but then had to rescind it due to violation of NCAA rules. Now, he has been implicated in attempting to recruit Chris Paul to the Knicks through “backchannels”. A claim that if proven could subject the Knicks to violations of tampering and penalties due to the ongoing lockout by NBA owners. Through this all, his performance on the basketball court and memories are clouded by his peculiarity. He is fifth in NBA history in assists and ninth in steals. He and Joe Dumars formed one of the most potent backcourts in the NBA. Only time will tell if one supercedes the other when fans remember him.

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