Isiah Thomas Hospitalized After Apparent OD

Sleeping pills are reported cause for former New York Knicks coach
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2008 3:37 PM CDT
A spectator wearing a paper bag with "Fire Isiah," for New York Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas, written on it watches the game against Utah Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, in Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
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(Newser) – Former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas was hospitalized early this morning after apparently overdosing on sleeping pills, numerous news outlets in the New York area are reporting. Police in suburban Harrison were called to the Basketball Hall of Famer's home after midnight, the Journal News of Westchester reported. "He's fine," Thomas' son told the New York Daily News.

"The person in question apparently took too many sleeping pills and was taken to the hospital," the Harrison police chief said. Thomas, who was fired as coach in April after two dreadful seasons and reassigned within the organization, was reportedly admitted to White Plains Hospital. But his son said Thomas, 47, and his 18-year-old daughter, who suffers from hypoglycemia, were hospitalized in nearby Greenwich, Conn.