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12.22.2003

Once again: success as a player does not necessarily translate to success as a coach or executive 

The New York Knicks have just hired Isiah Thomas as president, replacing Scott Layden.

I remember back when Doc Rivers was hired as coach of the Orlando Magic. George Karl complained loudly about the recent trend of hiring young former players who hadn't paid their dues. Of course, he inserted the word "black" somewhere in his tirade and was rightly pilloried for doing so. But he may have been on to something.

Now the Knicks' new president is a fella whose principal accomplishment as an executive was destroying the CBA.

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