Isiah Thomas

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Magic Johnson: Isiah Spread Rumors I Was Gay

Thomas denies accusation, feels 'really hurt'

(Newser) - Magic Johnson blames former friend Isiah Thomas for spreading rumors that Johnson was gay after he announced he had HIV in 1991. "Isiah kept questioning people about it,'' Magic writes. "I couldn't believe that. The one guy I thought I could count on had all these doubts.... More »

Thomas Lands College Coaching Gig

Former Knicks coach signs 5-year contract

(Newser) - Isiah Thomas will coach men’s basketball at Florida International University, the Miami Herald reports, with the Hall of Fame player signing a 5-year contract. “Coming back to the college game has always been a dream of mine,” said Thomas, 47, fired last year after a disastrous stint... More »

OD or No, Isiah Was Miserable

Former Knicks coach denies overdose landed him in hospital

(Newser) - The whole story surrounding Isiah Thomas' reported sleeping-pill overdose remains murky, but the factors that might be bringing him down aren't hard to spot, writes the New York Post. Thomas went from a lifetime in the spotlight to being sequestered in a back office with fans' chants of "fire ... More »

Thomas Caught in Sleeping Pill OD Denial

NBA star claims daughter in distress; cops say he's 'lying'

(Newser) - Despite police and media reports to the contrary, Isiah Thomas is denying claims he was hospitalized yesterday for overdosing on sleeping pills, the New York Post reports. The NBA great says his teenage daughter was treated after a school “incident,” but an employee there said the school “... More »

Isiah Thomas Hospitalized After Apparent OD

Sleeping pills are reported cause for former New York Knicks coach

(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,... More »

With Van Gundy Out, Knicks May Tap Jackson

Former player in a 'one-horse race' to coach troubled team

(Newser) - Former Knick Mark Jackson may be the logical frontrunner to step into Isiah Thomas' old shoes, despite Jackson's lack of coaching experience. Jeff Van Gundy has suggested that the hiring process is a "one-horse race," effectively taking himself out of consideration. The other potential candidate, Scott Skiles, seems... More »

Knicks Fire Coach Thomas

Patience finally runs out on woeful 'rebuilding' process at Madison Square Garden

(Newser) - Isiah Thomas was fired today as head coach of the New York Knicks, the Times reports. Team president Donnie Walsh said that Thomas will remain as an adviser, although he’ll have no direct responsibilities. The Knicks were 56-108 in his two seasons at coach; they've made little headway since... More »

Knicks Top Bobcats to Win 3rd Straight

With a week left in the season Zeke says New York is finally a 'team'

(Newser) - Too late to save their season, and probably too late to save Isiah Thomas' job, the New York Knicks are playing their best basketball. Fred Jones made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:47 left and scored 15 points, and the Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 109-107 on Wednesday night to... More »

Knicks Give Isiah Good Night in Detroit

NY halts Pistons' win streak as home team honors all-time greats

(Newser) - Wilson Chandler scored all of his 19 points in the first half, and the New York Knicks built a huge lead and beat the Detroit Pistons 98-94 in a game that didn't mean much for either team. With a week left in the regular season, the lottery-bound Knicks have as... More »

Walsh: No Decision Yet on Isiah

Thomas a hot topic at introductory press conference

(Newser) - Embattled Knicks coach—and former president—Isiah Thomas was a popular subject at the inaugural press conference of Donnie Walsh, his replacement at the top of the organization. However, Walsh offered no immediate judgment of Thomas's performance in New York, speaking of him only in vague and positive terms: "... More »

Dolan Still Wants Thomas

Owner says he won't get in way of a new GM, but hopes Isiah remains on bench

(Newser) - Donnie Walsh's handshake agreement to run the Knicks next season could end up being a goodbye wave if owner James Dolan meddles too much, reports the New York Daily News. Dolan had said he won't step in if Walsh wants to replace coach Isiah Thomas, but he also made it... More »

Knicks Hear 'Fire Isiah' in Road Blowout

Sixers trounce them by 40 in Philly, after Cheeks gets contract extension

(Newser) - Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks received a one-year contract extension, then a commanding 124-84 victory over defense-averse New York. The 76ers started hot and didn't look back, leading 37-17 after the first quarter and 100-54 near the end of the third. Their 14 first-half steals were a franchise record. More »

Celtics Blow Out Lowly Knicks

Indiana beats Philly while Portland eeks out an OT victory at Atlanta

(Newser) - A 109-93 Boston win over the Knicks today is hardly a surprise, but how they did it was, as center Kendrick Perkins, who's never mistaken for Tim Duncan, had a career-high 24 points. Meanwhile, the game got testy late, with two ejections and New York coach Isiah Thomas becoming agitated... More »

Uncomon NYK Win Begs Usual Questions

Warriors outstrip Pacers, Lakers beat Grizzlies at a cost

(Newser) - On a good night for New York, the Knicks won the second of their last 11 games, an 89-65 rout of the exhausted Pistons. Zach Randolph led the team with 25 points while Stephon Marbury claimed injury, with coach Isiah Thomas talking about Marbury's return in "ifs," not... More »

Home Hornets Beat Heat With Threes

Raptors prey on Knicks, Rockets bomb woeful Timberwolves

(Newser) - New Orleans continued to enjoy their best start in franchise history, routing Miami 114-88, the AP reports. Bobby Jackson had a mammoth night, going nine-for-nine, including seven three pointers, to finish with 25 points. Despite a surprising 27-point performance from Mark Blount, Miami lost its tenth straight game. Elsewhere in... More »

Pistons Put Clamps on the Grizzlies

Knicks return to subpar form; T-Wolves see offense pick up slack

(Newser) - The Detroit Pistons moved to 11-2 in their last 13 with a stifling defensive effort against Memphis Friday night, 92-67. The Pistons had five players in double figures, led by Tayshaun Prince with 16 points. Detroit rookie Arron Afflalo, who took some locker-room ribbing but had 12 points, said "... More »

Knicks Fans Wave Huge Pink Slip at Isiah

Dismayed over losing record, fans want Thomas out

(Newser) - A tiny but media-savvy throng of Knicks fans waved an enormous pink slip outside Madison Square Garden today, demanding the firing of beleaguered coach Isiah Thomas, the AP reports. In the latest phase of a campaign to dump Thomas, fans irate over their beloved team's 7-17 record called on the... More »

Hapless Knicks Fall to Pacers

Dunleavy's career night paces Indiana, New York continues to struggle

(Newser) - Dreadful play and lack of hustle have come to define the New York Knick’s season thus far; tonight’s 119-92 loss to the Indiana Pacers was no different. The game was knotted at 64 midway through the third quarter but then Indiana, and Mike Dunleavy, took off. Dunleavy scored... More »

Knicks Lose $11.5M, Game

Team settles with Browne Sanders; Thomas slams queasy MSG faithful

(Newser) - The misery continued today for the star-crossed Knicks, as the team settled its sexual harassment suit with former employee Anucha Browne Sanders for $11.5 million, then fell 99-89 to Dirk Nowitzki and his coolly efficient Mavericks. The fans unleashed a torrent of vitriol against embattled coach Isiah Thomas, as... More »

Knicks Circle the Wagons, Top Bucks

Bosh-less Raptors beat James-less Cavs, Hornets down Hawks

(Newser) - The Knicks rallied past the "Fire Isiah" chants in the first half and then the Milwaukee Bucks in the second half to claim a 91-88 victory tonight. One day removed from the third-worst loss in franchise history, Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph each scored 25 points for New York,... More »

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