Can Isiah fix the Knicks?

Scott Layden ran the Knicks into the ground, and the team has given Isiah Thomas the task of rebuilding them.

Updated: December 22, 2003, 3:24 PM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Somewhere Scott Layden is wandering the streets of New York. I picture him sitting on a curb in an alleyway just off Times Square. His coat is frayed, the fingers of his gloves are worn away, that tattered FDNY hat still is perched upon his head.

He's alone. He was always alone. He's mumbling to himself, still caught up in delusions of grandeur about players and deals gone wrong.

Shandon Anderson is an All-Star. ... Chris Bosh for Kurt Thomas sounds like a fair deal to me. ... Dikembe Mutombo is the most athletic 87-year-old I've ever seen. ... You think Kobe would play in New York for free? ... Clarence Weatherspoon is the best 6-foot-4 power forward in the league. ... How about a former Heisman trophy winner for an All-Star center?

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer