View Full Version : Isiah Thomas won't take Consultant job with Knicks

08-11-2010, 08:33 PM
Isiah Thomas is not taking the consultant's job with the New York Knicks after all.

"After speaking with Commissioner [David] Stern and Knicks executives, it has become apparent that my new agreement violates certain NBA bylaws," Thomas said in a statement. "Because of this, I have decided to rescind my contract with the team. I have nothing but the utmost respect for [owner] Jim Dolan, [general manager] Donnie Walsh, [coach] Mike D'Antoni and the entire Knicks organization, and I want to thank them for affording me this opportunity."

ESPN 1050 New York had reported earlier Wednesday that Thomas was in communication with the commissioner's office and then rescinded his acceptance because of the conflict-of-interest bylaws of the NBA. Knicks owner and Madison Square Garden chairman Dolan was expected to release a statement shortly.

"We have been informed by the Knicks that Isiah Thomas has rescinded his consulting agreement with the team," Stern said in a statement. "As a result, it is not necessary for the league to take any formal action on the proposed arrangement. However, we have reminded the Knicks of NBA rules that prohibit team personnel, including consultants, from having contact with players not eligible for the draft."

The head coach at Florida International, Thomas had accepted a consulting position with the Knicks on Friday but planned to continue coaching the Golden Panthers.

"One of the biggest regrets of my life is that the Knicks didn't perform up to the standards the fans had every right to expect while I was in charge," Thomas said in the statement. "I take full responsibility for that. I was very much looking forward to this unique opportunity to help the organization do what I do best: find basketball talent. I wish the team nothing but success in the future."

The Knicks had released a statement Friday saying that Thomas' role would be to "assist the team's senior management in various capacities, including player recruitment."

Thomas served as Knicks president from December 2003 to April 2008, also serving as coach during the last two seasons of his stint in New York. He was fired after a dismal 2007-08 season in which the Knicks were 23-59.

Despite a Knicks tenure marked by losing and controversy -- including being the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit that cost the organization $11.6 million -- Thomas has maintained a close relationship to Dolan. Thomas assisted the Knicks during this offseason's free-agent frenzy, including meeting with LeBron James' representatives in Cleveland.

Walsh credited Thomas for helping the Knicks land Amare Stoudemire, who signed a five-year $99.7 million free-agent contract with New York last month.

ESPN New York (http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/news/story?id=5456334)

08-11-2010, 08:34 PM
Not surprised.

08-11-2010, 08:43 PM

Good...now we can move on to business...

Its not suprising though...

Because what would stop another team from hiring let's say Coach K as an consultant...

08-11-2010, 08:51 PM
Such a relief...