Saturday May 26th, 2012

Isiah Thomas Isiah Thomas still hopes to return to basketball as a coach or general manager. (Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Former Pistons great and Raptors/Pacers/Knicks coach and executive Isiah Thomas told Scott Powers of that he would love to continue his career. Thomas was fired last month after three seasons as coach of Florida International.

"I definitely want to be in basketball again whether it be coaching or as a general manager," Thomas said by phone. "My gift is basketball. I would love working with the kids. If it's the right college program, I would consider it. If it's the right G.M. job or coaching job in the NBA, I would consider it. I love the game. I just want to be in the game."
As has been well chronicled, Thomas' track record as both a coach and an executive (he also owned the late Continental Basketball Association) is not exactly sterling, and his departure from the Knicks was messy. But he still has a lot of friends around the NBA, and he's hoping for the best. "I'm like everyone else, I keep my options open," Thomas said. "My mom always said don't burn any bridges. I followed her advice. It would have to be the right option and right place."

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