Stern Rips Knicks Over Thomas Lawsuit

Commish says of MSG: 'they're not a model of intelligent management'
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2007 11:15 PM CDT
New York Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas talks to members of the media after practice Friday, Oct. 12, 2007 at the Knicks' practice facility in Tarrytown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – NBA Commissioner David Stern, in an interview broadcast yesterday on ESPN, lambasted the New York Knicks organization's mismanagement of Anucha Browne's successful lawsuit against coach Isiah Thomas, the New York Times reports. "It demonstrates that they're not a model of intelligent management," Stern said, citing a failure to deal with the harassment allegations at an earlier stage.

MSG chairman James Dolan issued a diplomatic response to Stern's criticisms, saying, "We have a high regard for the commissioner." Stern has not ruled out sanctions against the Knicks, saying the case was "very much under review...I'm not considering any range of disciplinary action, " before ominously adding "but my powers are very broad--if I choose to exercise them."