Knicks running to stand still

Updated: December 22, 2004, 9:48 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
  • Tuesday chat wrap with Chad Ford in SportsNation.

    It was a year ago Wednesday that the Knicks fired Scott Layden, replacing him as president with possibly the only executive in the league who had a more tarnished rep – Isiah Thomas.

    I'll never forget the stunned reaction I got from one prominent league executive just minutes before the hire was announced.

    "He would have been the last human being on earth that I thought would've gotten that job," he told Insider. "That's the premier GM job in the NBA, the team is a mess, and the Knicks need someone with experience to get them through this. Isiah Thomas isn't that guy."

    The Knicks were 10-18 when Thomas took over.

    Since Thomas took the reins last Dec. 22, the Knicks have gone 42-40.

    Since the arrival of Stephon Marbury, Thomas's grand jewel acquisition, the Knicks are 38-37, including 13-11 this season.

    In that span, Isiah has traded away 11 players, released four, acquired 14 players and changed head coaches.

    No one will ever accuse him of standing still.