After 3 years, Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas has been fired from his coaching job at Florida International University, USA Today reports.
Thomas was fired Friday after his team, the Golden Panthers went just 26-65 in 3 seasons. He told ESPN's Andy Katz he was "stunned" by the firing.
"This is the most surprising thing that has happened to me in basketball," he said. "I have never been fired for basketball reasons. This is the first time."
"When I was in Toronto, I was trying to buy a team and I left. When I was in Indiana, Larry Bird told me that he liked what I was doing, but that he was closer to Rick Carlisle. The whole thing in New York was crazy. This is the first time someone told me I was being fired for basketball reasons."
Isiah also told Katz that Garcia did not give him a specific reason for the firing.
Some of Isiah's players were also stunned to see their coach go.
"Speechless," said DeJuan Wright, the Golden Panther's leading scorer this past season.
FIU guard Tanner Wozniak posted his views on Twitter:
"What do I do now...never felt so lost."
In a simple statement, FIU athletic director Pete Garcia said:
"We want to thank Isiah Thomas for his 3 years at FIU. However, we have decided to take the program in a different direction."
According to CBS News, a search for a new coach will begin "immediately."
The Golden Panthers had been a struggling team for years, and believed the All-Star player could turn things around, but under Thomas' coaching, the team never won more than 11 games in 3 seasons.