Good Players Turned Bad Execs

Isiah Thomas
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Isiah Thomas

After leading the Pistons to a pair of NBA titles, the 12-time All-Star enjoyed some modest success in building the Raptors before taking a sledgehammer to his executive career. In 1999, Thomas bought the Continental Basketball Association and led it to eventual bankruptcy before parachuting onto the Pacers bench as Indiana's new head coach. After guiding the Pacers to three playoff appearances, Thomas made his way to New York, where he oversaw a team that went 151-259 in his five years on the job.

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