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Posted: June 20, 2009There is a statistical study that shows Isiah Thomas was the second-best general manager in drafting NBA players over the last 20 years.Apparently, the New York Knicks didn't know how good they had it with Thomas, who no longer is with the Knicks and is out of pro basketball.

Thomas is the coach at Florida International University in Miami.According to a statistical study of all the drafts since 1989 conducted by ESPN Insider, the players taken by the Knicks under Thomas' stewardship have exceeded the production expected from players drafted in the slots the Knicks were choosing.Damon Stoudamire, Trevor Ariza, Nate Robinson and David Lee are among the Knicks players who performed better than the baseline expectation for players taken in the slots those players occupy.Clearly this study implies Thomas didn't draft himself out of a job, but traded himself out of one.The study lists the just the top five and bottom five of the 43 GMs studied, and no one with the Milwaukee Bucks shows up on either list.

The GMs studied had to have picked at least 10 players in the last 20 drafts.Bryan Colangelo of Toronto, formerly of Phoenix, ranks first on the list, followed by Thomas; Jim Paxson, formerly of Cleveland; Garry St.

Jean, formerly of Golden State; and Bob Whitsitt, formerly of Seattle and Portland.Elgin Baylor, formerly of the Los Angeles Clippers, is ranked the worst drafting NBA general manager, followed by Rod Thorn of New Jersey, Jack McCloskey, formerly of Detroit and Minnesota, John Nash, most recently of Portland, and Pete Babcock, formerly of Atlanta and Denver.Thorn, when he was with the Chicago Bulls, in 1984 drafted Michael Jordan.

But this survey starts with 1989, so Thorn does not get credit for Jordan.Froemming interviewedMilwaukee's Bruce Froemming is among three former baseball umpires who were interviewed by Bob Costas for a show to air at 6 p.m.

Monday on the MLB Network.Besides Froemming, Costas interviewed Don Denkinger and Steve Palermo for his show, which is called "Studio 42 with Bob Costas."Froemming approves the manner in which replay has been used so far."I like it how Bud Selig stayed with boundary calls," Froemming said.

"I think you're going to have plays where you miss it.

When you total it up and they put the plays on the board, over 99% of the base calls are correct."To take it off the boundaries and take it on the field, you're going to waste a lot of time," Froemming said.

"What play's more important than the next one? Every play's important."Costas asked the umpires who were the most respectful players they encountered."The guys hitting .360 never bothered you," Palermo said."Hank Aaron never complained," Froemming said.

"Willie Stargell never complained.

Those were terrific guys."Channel 4 explainsWTMJ-TV (Channel 4), the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, did not join NBC Sports coverage of the U.S.

Open golf tournament at 9 a.m.

Saturday, electing instead to join the coverage at 1 p.m.The executive vice president of radio and television operations for Journal Broadcast Group, Steve Wexler, explained on Saturday morning why Channel 4 did not join early U.S.

Open coverage.

Channel 4 is operated by Journal Broadcast."NBC alerted us late Friday that golf coverage would begin at 9 a.m.

Saturday morning," Wexler said.

"This put us in a very difficult position for three reasons."First, the FCC mandates a minimum number of hours of children's programming each quarter.

We use Saturday mornings to fulfill that obligation.

Second, we had made other time-sensitive programming obligations prior to 1 p.m.

And third, we were still dealing with the technical challenges that knocked our transmitter off the air during Friday morning's storm."I apologize to the golf fans who were looking for the U.S.

Open early on Saturday," Wexler said.Call SportsDay at (414) 223-5531 or send e-mail to [email protected]
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