Knicks bring back Isiah Thomas

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, Last Updated: 2:03 PM ET

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks have hired former head coach and team president Isiah Thomas as a consultant with the club.

Thomas, who oversaw the team's operations from 2003-08, never guided the Knicks to the postseason during his tenure with the club. He is currently the head coach at Florida International University, a job he will be able to keep simultaneously.

"I'm excited to once again be a part of the New York Knicks organization," Thomas said. "I was honoured to have been asked to help during the recent free agent recruiting process and believe that this new role takes full advantage of my skill set as an evaluator of basketball talent."

Thomas will assist current team president Donnie Walsh in various capacities, including player recruitment.

"Isiah Thomas brings unique experience as a Hall of Fame player, coach, executive and owner, and we believe having him as part of our organization will be extremely beneficial to the team's success," Walsh said. "Isiah was helpful to the team's senior management during our most recent recruitment efforts, including assisting with the acquisition of Amare Stoudemire."

A Hall of Fame player with the Pistons from 1981-94, Thomas was a 12-time All Star and two-time NBA champion during his illustrious career. In addition to coaching the Knicks from 2006-08, he also coached the Pacers from 2000-03 and has an all-time record of 187-223 in five seasons.

During his tenure in the Knicks' front office, the team never won more than 39 games and won fewer than 25 twice. Thomas' tenure with the Knicks was also marred by the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former team executive Anucha Browne Sanders.

Shortly after his time with New York ended, he was rushed to the hospital for reportedly overdosing on sleeping pills. He has since been hired as the head coach at FIU, where he went 7-25 in his first season in 2009-10.


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