Isiah Thomas Rumors
Were you consulted before Thomas was brought in? Phil Jackson: Jim Dolan had talked to us about it over dinner, maybe a month before it happened. We said, “Are you cognizant of the fact that this at least has the look of putting the fox in the henhouse?” Is that a good term? In reviewing the history of it, we were told what the approach was by the Garden and how it went down. Jim said, “If you have any suggestions that you want to come back with, I’m open.” And not being in that field, I didn’t have any information. It’s not where my head is at. So we’re not giving them any advice, and it’s going both ways.
Isiah Thomas’s petition for partial ownership of the Liberty is being examined by a committee of owners from the W.N.B.A.’s board of governors, the league announced Monday. Thomas was the president of the Knicks from 2003 to 2008, and their coach in the 2006-7 and 2007-8 seasons. After being fired as coach, he remained with the team in an unspecified role, even after a lawsuit brought by a former team employee, Anucha Browne Sanders, cost Madison Square Garden $11.5 million in a settlement. Sanders, now known professionally as Anucha Browne, said that she had been sexually harassed by Thomas, who was not found personally liable.
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.