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Isiah Thomas on his regrets as Knicks coach: I wish we had more time

April 24, 2014

What is Isiah Thomas‘ biggest New York Knicks regret?

Thomas was GM of the team from 2003-08, and served as head coach for two seasons during that span. The Knicks went 33-49 in 2006-07, and 23-59 in 2007-08. He was fired after the 2007-08 season by then-team president Donnie Walsh. Walsh’s reasoning:

“I can’t really tell you where he failed with the club. I think that we reached a point this season when our team didn’t compete for a long time … The bottom line is that we haven’t won and the team didn’t look like it was motivated to try to win and be competitive.”

Other factors were likely in play, too. For example, in October 2007, a jury ruled Thomas sexually harassed Anucha Browne Sanders, a former executive for the Knicks. Browne Sanders was awarded $11.6 million as part of a settlement.

So what, according to Thomas, is his biggest regret as New York’s head coach? He told Spike Lee on SiriusXM NBA Radio that he wishes he had more time.

“The players that we had put together, it was a very young group. We all want more time,” Thomas said. “Sometimes, time is not the luxury that you have at your fingertips. I wish that we could’ve kept that group together just a little bit longer, as we see they’ve grown into exceptional players and All-Star players in the league.”

To hear Spike’s full interview with Thomas, tune to SiriusXM NBA Radio, channel 217, at 7 pm ET for Spike Lee’s Best Seat in the House.