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Isiah Thomas Fired: Isiah Thomas’ Lost Job

April 7, 2012 by staff 

Isiah Thomas Fired: Isiah Thomas’ Lost Job, Could ousted FIU coach Isiah Thomas make his return to Madison Square Garden? Well there was no shortage of debate among the New York City tabloids. It’s been less than 24 hours since Isiah Thomas was fired by Florida International and two clear camps have formed in the media.

One, led by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News believes Thomas, the Knicks former president and coach, will inevitably return in some role. The other camp, led by Marc Berman of the New York Post, thinks Thomas won’t be back at Madison Square Garden in any official capacity.

Did you notice that no one is arguing that bringing Thomas back would be the right move?

Anyway, here’s NJ.com’s daily aggregation of Knicks news from around the web:

• As Isola explained in the Daily News, Thomas still has friends in the organization: “Dolan, according to sources, feels badly that Thomas became the face of the Garden’s highly publicized sexual harassment case after a jury ruled in favor of a former female executive and determined that MSG was a hostile working environment… Executives in the organization are split over whether to rehire Thomas and fear a fan and media backlash. But unlike two summers ago when Walsh and Mike D’Antoni were not in favor of the move, Thomas would now have an ally in the front office and on the bench.

Interim general manager Glen Grunwald and interim coach Mike Woodson are longtime friends of Thomas as well as former college teammates at Indiana University… If Thomas were to return, he would not hold a visible position — at least not yet. Dolan believes that Thomas can be an asset as a talent evaluator and recruiter of free agents.”

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