Isiah Thomas is back at Madison Square Garden. Thomas has been hired to be president of the New York Liberty of the WNBA. Thomas also will have an ownership stake in the team. Garden CEO James Dolan, who owns the Knicks and Liberty and is an unflinchingly loyal Thomas supporter, said he began discussing the role with Thomas in the fall and he has been pleased with the results. “Now, we’ve agreed that it is time for him to take a lead role with the team as president, and through his ownership interest. He’s an excellent judge of talent, and I’m confident that he will put all of his energy and experience into making the Liberty a perennially competitive and successful team,” Dolan said in a statement.
August 30, 2016 | 5:27 pm EDT Update
Joffrey Lauvergne: Glad to be a new part of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Can’t wait to start this new challenge.
Dellavedova told the crowd at Fed Square that playing under legendary point guard Jason Kidd was a key in signing with the Bucks. “To be able to play for a coach who is one of the best point guards of all time, I’m going to be able to learn a lot off him and try to really expand my game and be in more of a leadership role than I was in Cleveland,” he said.
“My agent was talking to a fair few teams, the Bucks were interested, Sacramento, the Cavs, but Milwaukee just seemed like a really good fit for me (as a) young up and coming team that’s got a lot of potential.”
Jason Terry on SiriusXM NBA Radio: “I called my good friend Luke Walton. I told him if he needed any help, veteran leadership, in that capacity – Lakers – with an ability to coach at the end of my deal, then that was something I would be looking forward to. He utterly declined, and I respect him for that.”
Matthew Dellavedova wants to see an NBA game played on the hallowed turf of the MCG. The new Milwaukee Buck, who won the NBA title with Cleveland last season, was at Federation Square with the Larry O’Brien Trophy this morning and said the push for a game Down Under was getting stronger. “All the boys are working on it, its just a matter of whose teams are going to get out and play,” Dellavedova said. “All the boys talk to the NBA and any chance we get we always make sure we mention it (a game in Australia) and keep it fresh in their minds.”
Detroit Pistons assistant coach Tim Hardaway is due back in court next week for violating a bond agreement following his April arrest in Beverly Hills for drunken driving. Hardaway has a pre-trial conference scheduled for Sept. 8 in Oakland County District Court after he was deemed a no-show for court-ordered daily sobriety testing at least 14 times, according to documents reviewed by MLive.