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Really? Knicks rehire Isiah to consult

NEW YORK — Even after losing all those games and an embarrassing sexual harassment lawsuit, Isiah Thomas has a place with the Knicks.

Thomas was rehired Friday by the team as a consultant, two years after he was fired as its coach and president.

"Isiah Thomas brings unique experience as a Hall of Fame player, coach, executive and owner, and we believe having him as part of our organization will be extremely beneficial to the team's success," Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan and team president Donnie Walsh announced in a statement.

Thomas, a Hall of Fame player with the Pistons, had a dismal run as team president, December 2003 to April 2008, with the Knicks never winning a postseason game despite often having the league's highest payroll. He was also the coach the final two seasons, getting dismissed after a 23-59 season in 2007-08.

Despite all that, plus that lawsuit brought by former team employee Anucha Browne Sanders that cost MSG $11.6 million, Thomas has remained close to Dolan and Walsh, even while coaching Florida International University, a job he will keep.

"I'm excited to once again be a part of the New York Knicks organization," Thomas, 49, said. "I was honored to have been asked to help during the recent free-agent recruiting process and believe that this new role takes full advantage of my skill set as an evaluator of basketball talent."

But the hire could violate league rules that forbid college coaches from having jobs with NBA teams, which aren't allowed to have contact with players who aren't eligible for the draft.

"We are reviewing the agreement," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.

FIU athletic director Pete Garcia said he has no qualms about Thomas coaching at his school and also working for the Knicks.

Bobcats: Undrafted point guard Sherron Collins (Kansas) agreed to a two-year deal.

Thunder: Rookie center Cole Aldrich (Kansas), the No. 11 overall pick in June by the Hornets who was traded on draft night, signed. No terms were released.

Really? Knicks rehire Isiah to consult 08/06/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 6, 2010 10:14pm]
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