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May 21, 2015 Updates
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 15, 2015 Updates

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

May 8, 2015 Updates

“The spotlight is on the Liberty — that’s OK by me,’’ Laimbeer told The Post in a phone interview. “People are talking about the Liberty — now it’s detrimental. But people will pay attention — how are they doing, getting better, getting worse. I’m sure some people will want us to get worse. I never ran from that stuff.’’ New York Post

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