Indiana not moving forward with Thomas

Isiah Thomas, though cherished by several of his players, didn't always help his team improve.

Originally Published: August 13, 2003
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
You don't have to like Rick Carlisle. You don't have to hate Isiah Thomas. But if you're Jonathan Bender or Al Harrington or Ron Artest, we'd like to ask you a whole lot of questions in about 10 or 11 months.

"Rick's walking into a situation where the foundation has been laid," recently fired Pacer head coach Isiah Thomas said in the Indianapolis Star. "The hard work has been done. I just wish I was given the opportunity to complete what we had started."

Carlisle was fired by the Detroit Pistons during the off season because of ongoing tension between him and a front office that wanted him to develop the team's younger players like Mehmet Okur and Tayshaun Prince.