This Element is an excerpt from Stumbling On Wins: Two Economists Expose the Pitfalls on the Road to Victory in Professional Sports (9780132357784) by David J. Berri and Martin B. Schmidt. Available in print and digital formats.
Anatomy of a sports disaster: Isiah Thomas and the New York Knicks.
Isiah Thomas’s tenure running the New York Knicks was not exactly successful. But that’s not the way it started. William Rhoden of The New York Times stated soon after the Knicks announced the hiring of Isiah: “If you love the Knicks and don’t like this move, you must be delirious. This was a great move.”