Isiah Thomas accepts new coaching job

15Apr09

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Former NBA player Isiah Thomas, 48, signed a five-year agreement with Florida International University on Tuesday — Thomas even agreed to donate his salary to the school, signaling how desperately he wants the job. Drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1981 as a point guard, Thomas helped his team win two NBA championships. After his career ended as a professional athlete, he went on to coach the Indiana Pacers before joining the New York Knicks as president and head coach. While in New York, Thomas suffered highly publicized legal battles. His team’s record of 23-59 last season raised eyebrows within the Knicks organization and among fans, and led to his dismissal. The Knicks also never won a game in the playoffs.

A 12-time NBA All-Star (1982-1993), Thomas was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

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