Isiah Thomas, James Dolan Meet to Discuss MSG Job?
By Greg Price | September 9, 2012 1:22 AM EST
The two met in New York's Mandarin Hotel and they could have been discussing a new position as Madison Square Garden sports president Scott O'Neil resigned earlier this week.
Thomas was "reassigned" rather than fired in 2008, and he and Dolan have remained friends. Some have speculated Thomas is still a confidant to Dolan, and that he even stepped in to help the Knicks failed recruitment of LeBron James in the summer of 2010.
As team coach from 2006-2008 Thomas posted a .341 winning percentage, which was fifth worst all-time for a Knicks coach. He was team president from 2003 to 2006 before taking over as head coach.
Some NBA insiders question Dolan's reasoning in reuniting with Thomas consider his struggles with the organization. When Thomas was coach, there were chants of "Fire Isiah" at Madison Square Garden.
Some of the Knicks' highlights during Thomas's tenure include questionable free agent signings, high-priced trades that put New York over the luxury tax, and a sexual harassment lawsuit that forced the team to shell out more than $11 million to a former executive.
Thomas's links to the Knicks run deeper than Dolan. Head coach Mike Woodson and general manager Glen Grunwald were teammates with Thomas on Indiana University's 1981 National Championship team, and The Post reported Woodson might be considering Thomas for a coaching consultant position.
The former Detroit Pistons All-Star and Hall-of-Fame point guard was fired from Florida International in April after three disappointing seasons at the helm. While there, Dolan reportedly hired Thomas as a consultant, but NBA commissioner David Stern ruled it was improper due to Thomas's standing as a college head coach.
Before he joined the Knicks, Thomas coached the Indiana Pacers to three straight playoff appearances from 2000-2003, but each time they were eliminated in the first round.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Flight MH17 Attack: Russians Claim 'Putin A Terrorist,' Memorial at Dutch Embassy Overflows [PHOTOS]
- Typhoon Rammasun Claims 18 Lives in China, Incurs $4.32B Losses (PHOTOS)
- Ellen DeGeneres Caught Cheating with Mutual Friend Before Portia de Rossi’s Rehab – Reports [PHOTOS]
- Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
Join the Conversation
- Roger Federer Tops Forbes’ List of Most Financially Valuable Athlete; Maria Sharapova and Li Na Also Make the Cut
- Eugenie Bouchard Fires Warning To Serena Williams; She Wants No.1 Ranking
- Transfer News: Real Madrid Unveil Galactico James Rodriguez [PHOTOS]
- Roger Federer Regains Deadly Service Game - Andy Roddick
- Arsenal FC Transfer News: Lionel Messi's Gunners Link a Ploy to Receive Improved Deal
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Apps Leak Online, Five Fresh Features to Expect from the Android Smartphone
- Moto 360 Price Speculations, Key Features, Strategic Release Date, Design: A Watch That is More Than Just Time
- Windows Phone 8.1 Update Rollout: 20 Nokia Lumia Phones Eligible and 13 New Features to be Added
- Three New Moto G Successors Spotted in FCC Document Dubbed Moto G2, Moto M and More --Reports
- iPad Air 2 Release Date Will Skip IGZO Panel; To Rollout with Super-Slim iPad Mini Air
- Upcoming iPad Mini 3 Could be 30% Thinner and Likely be Called iPad Mini Air; Apple Q3 Results Show 9% Decrease in iPad Sales
- Sony Xperia M2 vs. Moto G – Specifications, Features and Price Showdown