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May 18, 2015 Updates

New York Liberty owner James Dolan and new team president Isiah Thomas met with players on Saturday to address a jury's ruling that Madison Square Garden improperly fired a female executive who accused Thomas of sexual harassment. "They were very open and honest," veteran Swin Cash said. "That's what I appreciated ... to really address all the issues and not just be politically correct. So that's I think, as players, what we really appreciated the most." ESPN.com

Liberty guard/forward Essence Carson said she's had a handful of interactions with the Hall of Fame point guard. "My personal experience with Isiah has been nothing but professional ... and I expect it to remain the same moving forward," Carson said. "And I would expect it to be that way for players 1 through 12, 1 through 15 and the entire office on the Liberty side." Carson added: "I trust the company wholeheartedly and entirely that they made the right decision. Again, my time here has been nothing but the utmost professional and I expect moving forward for it to remain the same and nothing to change, nothing to alter that. ESPN.com

May 17, 2015 Updates

Yet there's a concern that makes all of this even more insidious, if that's possible. Thomas also was made a partial owner of the Liberty, so he must be approved by the WNBA's Board of Governors. And if that doesn't happen, what if Dolan threatens to pull the plug on the Liberty? Sources I spoke to around the league have expressed concern about that. This could turn into a kind of extortion. It appears the Liberty are a pawn in something that shouldn't even involve them or the WNBA. That's the "game" of getting Thomas officially back into the fold at MSG. Dolan might have decided that this is a sure-fire way to secure that: Use the Liberty as a bargaining chip. ESPN.com

May 6, 2015 Updates
May 5, 2015 Updates

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. New York Post

April 9, 2015 Updates

Knicks owner James Dolan has been dedicating more and more time to his band in recent years, but apparently has been using his music behind the scenes for years. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dolan was asked about a rumor that during a negotiation he got out a guitar and played a song called ‘Lockout Blues.’ Dolan replied: “That was during the NBA lockout. I was on the negotiating committee.” For The Win

You're paying Phil Jackson $12 million a year for five years. Still worth it? James Dolan: You got to believe, baby! I believe, I believe! The Hollywood Reporter

Jackson has said he was assured by you that there wouldn't be any interference. But at what point does the leash get tugged? James Dolan: I don't see it happening. Phil is a brilliant basketball guy, and he and Steve [Mills] are working together great. The Hollywood Reporter

Yes, you emailed a fan and told him off and suggested he might be an alcoholic. Do you regret what you wrote? James Dolan: I don’t believe what I said was wrong. I believe responding to him was wrong. I believe what I said was absolutely correct. But that’s the thing — why engage with people like that? That was a mistake. The Hollywood Reporter

March 16, 2015 Updates

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