The WNBA is ready to look into expansion. WNBA President Laurel J. Richie said in her state of the league address Saturday that an expansion committee would be formed after the season. The league, in its 19th season, currently has 12 teams – down from the high of 16 in the early 2000s. The WNBA last added a team in 2008 when the Atlanta Dream joined. “I always say it gets closer and closer,” Richie said. “We will be forming an expansion committee to look at it and make a concrete plan and strategy on how we think about it, approach it, the timing. I’m not saying expansion is absolutely on the horizon. There is no date.”
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.
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.”