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Isiah Thomas Fired as New York Knicks Coach and General Manager

Posted by TSUE on April 21, 2008

Isiah Thomas

 

Team President Donnie Walsh fired Isiah Thomas as coach of the New York Knicks. Walsh said during a late-afternoon conference call. “I value Isiah and his knowledge of the game, and he will remain with the organization, reporting directly to me.” Thomas lost a franchise record-tying 59 games this season, and along the way seemed to lose the support of his players, who didn’t always play hard for him the way they did last season. Things began to go downhill from the time training camp opened. The jury came back with its verdict that day, finding that Thomas and MSG sexually harassed former team executive Anucha Browne Sanders and ordering the company to pay $11.6 million in damages. Criticized by Al Sharpton and Rutgers women’s coach C. Vivian Stringer for comments he made in his taped deposition, Thomas seemed downcast during most of training camp. He also feuded with point guard Stephon Marbury and benched center Eddy Curry.  With Chants of “Fire Isiah” coming from fan starting minutes after home games his position as coach and general manager came to an end.

 

 

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