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May 22, 2015 Updates

Thomas said he hasn't tried to speak to Knicks president Phil Jackson and danced around a question about whether he would. "Because of that perception, I haven't [tried]," Thomas said on Thursday at Liberty media day at the MSG Training Center. "All of us in this building, we all share the same building -- Rangers, Knicks, Liberty. We all root for each other. We all want each other to do well. We all want each other to win." Newsday

In 2007, the parties agreed to an $11.5-million settlement. Thomas maintained his innocence and was never found personally liable. But Thomas and the organization expected the backlash in his new role running a women's team. "We knew this would cause some concern," Thomas said. Newsday

May 21, 2015 Updates

The great unknown is that Jackson has never been responsible for making a first-round pick in his career, much less a pick as high as four. The consensus among executives, scouts and agents is that Jackson will actively look to deal the fourth pick for a proven veteran. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it shows that Jackson, who will turn 70 in September, is looking for a quick fix and doesn’t have the appetite for rebuilding. New York Daily News

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Glen Taylor: L.A. really wanted him. Well, I didn't know if I wanted him in the West. I thought I was getting better players. I thought L.A could not give me the players that Boston did. The Lakers offered a package built around multi-skilled forward Lamar Odom and 19-year-old center Andrew Bynum, a promising second-year player who would eventually become an All-Star. Odom had a history of flaky behavior, however, and Bynum was unproven. Bleacher Report

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James Dolan’s decision to bring Isiah Thomas back to Madison Square Garden does not sit well with Dolan’s highest paid basketball executive: Phil Jackson. Jackson, according to a team source, has expressed concern over Thomas’ presence at the Garden, further fueling speculation over Jackson’s future with the Knicks and whether Thomas could be in line to eventually replace Jackson as Knicks president. "He’s not happy about it but what can he do about it,” said one Garden official, who requested anonymity. “This is just the start of it.” New York Daily News

The WNBA Board of Governors has yet to approve Thomas’ ownership and a person familiar with the process believes it will be rejected. It will be interesting to see how Dolan will respond if the Board of Governors rejects his attempt to make Thomas a minority owner. However, Thomas will likely remain as team president, a title that has caused uproar among fans, WNBA coaches and women’s advocate groups in the wake of Thomas’ role in a high profile sexual harassment case in 2007. New York Daily News

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