Isiah Thomas Rumors
New York Liberty president Isiah Thomas continues to deny wrongdoing in a 2007 sexual harassment case stemming from his time as New York Knicks coach, telling ESPN that it “just didn’t happen.” In 2007, when Thomas was coaching the New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden executive Anucha Browne Sanders alleged that she was sexually harassed by Thomas. Although Thomas maintained his innocence, a jury found that Madison Square Garden, the owner of the team, improperly fired Browne Sanders for complaining about the unwanted advances. “I will own up to what I did and the mistakes that I made, but I can’t own up to things that I didn’t do,” Thomas told ESPN’s Hannah Storm in an interview that aired on SportsCenter on Sunday. “… I did not call her derogatory names. Just didn’t happen.”
Thomas has laid low amid the Liberty’s climb, declining interviews. In a statement to The Post, Isiah said: “When we were building this team during the offseason, there were three specific goals in mind: We wanted our team to have great chemistry, identify players that would have a positive impact in the community, and to be known for our on court defense first. To see this group perform at such a high level from the very start of the year has been enjoyable to watch. Coach (Bill) Laimbeer, his staff, and our players, have done an incredible job.
“Heading into the postseason, simply stated, we have put ourselves in the position that if we can protect home court then we will win a championship. It is exciting to provide our amazing fans the chance to play an important role in what we all hope will be an historic playoff run.”
“Dikembe Mutombo is often referred to as one of the greatest shot blockers and defensive players of all time,” Hall of Famer and former NBA star Isiah Thomas said. “In a game that is mostly dominated by offense, Mutombo was a refreshing change by bringing domination on the defensive end. Most players get excited when they score, but Mutombo got excited when he stopped you from scoring.
Crawford signed a free agent deal with the Knicks 11 years ago and was one of then-President Isiah Thomas’ first signature moves. Crawford was eventually traded in Nov. 2008 to Golden State by Donnie Walsh as the Knicks began clearing cap space. Crawford has maintained close ties with several high ranking officials in the organization, including Garden Chairman James Dolan and Thomas, who currently runs the Liberty.