OD or No, Isiah Was Miserable

Former Knicks coach denies overdose landed him in hospital
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2008 12:47 PM CDT
A police car moves along Magnolia Drive in Purchase, NY, Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. The private road eventually leads to the home of Isiah Thomas, former New York Knicks basketball coach.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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(Newser) – The whole story surrounding Isiah Thomas' reported sleeping-pill overdose remains murky, but the factors that might be bringing him down aren't hard to spot, writes the New York Post. Thomas went from a lifetime in the spotlight to being sequestered in a back office with fans' chants of "fire Isiah" likely still ringing in his ears—it's no wonder he collapsed, say friends.

"A guy like Isiah, who has such a big ego, for the first time in 30-something years he's not going to be involved in basketball," a friend says. "He must be very depressed." But Thomas is "not telling the truth," says a police chief who wonders why the basketball great is bringing his daughter into it.