The worst GM in the history of western civilisation
Can someone explain to me why Steve Kerr still has a job?
The guy takes over in PHX and has systematically destroyed that team IMO. He wanted to instill defense into the team, so he shipped off one of the better wing defenders in the league and brought in Shaq who completely doesn't fit. He trades away Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and fires one of the best head coaches in the league. Hires a rookie coach who did nothing and then takes on Alvin Gentry who is basically a clone of D'Antoni. So why not just keep D'Antoni and the old team if you're going to be a running team again? I just think the Suns are a shambles now, and it's a shame because they were once awesome. Please someone explain why this guy is still employed.
I will comment on the Phoenix situation in a minute, but the worst GM in NBA history was Elgin Baylor. He ran the Clippers for more than 20 years and made one dumb decision after another. Unfortunately he was never held accountable for his terrible choices.
I'm not going to defend Steve Kerr, however, before you attack him, you should go after the owner, Robert Sarver. Somehow, his incredibly absurd antics went without scrutiny from the press. Check the record, Sarver literally gave away 4 to 5 number one draft choices the past 5-6 years to save money. Could you imagine what kind of team Phoenix would have if they kept their draft choices?
If Sarver did something like that in NYC, he would be headline news every day of the week. I have no idea why or how he stayed under the radar with all of those idiotic decisions. What's wrong with the press in Phoenix?
There are lots of GM's that look bad in hindsight. I could monday morning quarterback to death guys like Baylor, Jordan, Ainge, and McHale. But to me the guys that really stand out as being awful are the ones who make terrible decisions that I can see clear as day the moment they are made. Kerr definitely goes on this. But he is not even in the same breath as the 2 worst GM's I have seen in Isiah Thomas and Scott Layden. I thought Layden had completely run the Knicks into the ground throwing crazy money at guys like Shandon Andersen, Allan Houton, Howard Eisley, and Keith Van Horn(he must of had a thing for Utah guys). But then Isiah came in and one upped him. I'm not even gonna get into how much crap he did to that ranchise that everyone could see coming a mile away. I would'nt be surprised if one of these days I wake up to read that Florida International does'nt even exist anymore.
llperez22, with one exception, the amount of time in the position of GM, I completely agree. The only reason Elgin Baylor wins out over Isiah Thomas is the fact that he did it for more than 20 years. That in itself is mind boggling, he should have been fired after 5 years of failure.
If I had to pick one GM who completely ruined a franchise in less than 5 years, it would be Isiah. He turned one of the most storied NBA franchises into the league's laughing stock. On a short term basis, he wins hands down!
Note: Kevin McHale get Honorable Mention!
Yeah, there really is no defending Baylor. After 20+ years and all they did was make the second round once I believe. But with Isiah, he was in the rare position where he had an owner who literally gave him a blank check and said don't worry about the salary cap. He went and threw money in the air like it was nothing. Marbury,Crawford,Curry, Randolph, Francis, just to name a few. He gave Larry Brown the biggest coaching contract at the time and said less then a year later that they did'nt share the same philosophy on things from day one. You would think they would be on the same page before giving him 10 mill per. He also alienated players and fans, made ridicolous comments such as "I would never trade Eddy Curry for Kobe Bryant" back when Bryant was asking for a trade. He sexually assualted a female employee. He spent over a hundred million dollars o payroll to win 30 games. He was a complete joke. Therefore, I think he edges out Baylor just a little bit IMO.
llperez22, you had an excellent capsule summary of how Isiah ruined the Knicks. It was right on time. And I really liked your point about having an owner who gave Thomas a blank check. Becoming a failure when you're like the Yankees, with tons of money at your disposal, really takes talent. By the way, I've been trying to figure out who was worst, Isiah or Dolan [the owner]. I refer to them as Dumb and Dumber.
In the end, I think Isiah was the worst short term GM in NBA history.
arguing who was better between Isiah and Baylor is like trying to decide if I'd rather be punched in the mouth or kicked in the nuts. There are no winners.
5. Trading for Stephon Marbury... While it was good at first, it ended up in a very disastrous manner.
4. Hiring Larry Brown as the coach, signing him to (what?) $80 Million contract (that's absurd!) Even CP3 or LBJ isn't making that kind of money yet at that time. Yet the effect is NYK is losing games and no championships.
3. Signing role-players Jared Jeffries and Jerome James to a "superstar" type of contract.... No wonder the Knicks had the HIGHEST payroll in 2005-06 season and still come up with the second-worst record in the league...
2. The Eddy Curry trade with the Bulls that gave away 2 solid draft picks from NYK. (Tyrus Thomas 2006, Joakim Noah 2007)... Eddy showed a lot of potential but despite his talent in the post, he showed no plans of improving his rebounding skills and defense... The Bulls were lucky enough to get rid of such a lazy player in which Thomas' dubbed as a "cornerstone" for the Knicks in the years to come...(LOL!)
1. Isiah Thomas is just pure idiotic and silly when it comes to trades and free agents. Every time he makes a deal, the team he made a deal with seems to get better and the Knicks seem to get much worse every year... (Portland, Chicago).