By Jared Max
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Just when I thought modern society had reached new depths of despair, James Dolan raised the stakes.
Three days after hundreds of thousands happily traded $100 for what was behind Door No. 1, a man who could afford to have purchased the Mayweather-Pacquiao non-fight for every American willingly chose to buy the live goat on Let’s Make a Deal.
Dolan hired Isiah Thomas on Tuesday to be the president of basketball operation for the WNBA’s New York Liberty. This is not like when George Steinbrenner re-hired Billy Martin after firing him repeatedly. This is more like if every American who was fooled into buying Saturday’s boxing event chose to pay again to watch its re-broadcast Saturday on Showtime and HBO. This is like driving to and from Florida and stopping at South of the Border on both legs of your trip.
I would not let Thomas run my bath, let alone my basketball team. The Knicks did not win a single playoff game in the five years that Thomas was team president.
One-hundred and eighty degrees from his basketball contributions as a Hall of Fame player, Thomas has been a Hall of Shame basketball executive. His name graces the building like James Naismith’s does in Springfield. Losing coach. Losing front-office man. Abomination of a league owner. He failed with the Raptors, Pacers and Knicks. He ran the Continental Basketball Association into the ground.
But, Thomas has a great smile. And he has something else that we may never learn — the reason why he seems to own a set of master keys to Dolan’s basketball life. We may learn who killed Kennedy before we solve this puzzle.
Some questions are meant to never be answered.
Last weekend on social media, I asked consumers if they felt like they had gotten their money’s worth on the Mayweather-Pacquiao show. The best response came in the form of a question: “Do you think anyone would pay $100 for a fight again?”
Jared Max is a multi-award winning sportscaster. He hosted a No. 1 rated New York City sports talk show, “Maxed Out” — in addition to previously serving as longtime Sports Director at WCBS 880, where he currently anchors weekend sports. Follow and communicate with Jared on Twitter @jared_max.