Isiah Thomas rescinds contract with Knicks

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New York - Less than a week after being named a consultant for the New York Knicks, Isiah Thomas announced he has rescinded the contract due to a violation of certain NBA bylaws.

Thomas was named a Knicks consultant last Friday and was expected to maintain his position as head coach at Florida International University while serving in a supportive role that was to include player recruitment and assisting current team president Donnie Walsh in various capacities.

"Although I'm disappointed that Isiah will not be working with the Knicks as a consultant, I continue to believe in his basketball knowledge, including his ability to judge talent," said Knicks chairman James Dolan. "He's a good friends of mine and of the organization, and I will continue to solicit his views."

Those duties have apparently violated the conflict of interest rules between collegiate and professional basketball.

"After speaking with commissioner [David] Stern and Knicks executives, it has become apparent that my new agreement violates certain NBA bylaws," Thomas said in a statement on Wednesday. "Because of this, I have decided to rescind my contract with the team."

Thomas oversaw the Knicks' operations from 2003-08, a span that did not include a postseason appearance.

"One of the biggest regrets of my life is that the Knicks didn't perform up to the standards the fans had every right to expect while I was in charge," Thomas continued. "I take full responsibility for that. I was very much looking forward to this unique opportunity to help the organization do what I do best: find basketball talent. I wish the team nothing but success in the future."

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.

"Although I'm disappointed that Isiah will not be working with the Knicks as a consultant, I continue to believe in his basketball knowledge, including his ability to judge talent," Dolan said. "He's a good friend of mine and of the organization and I will continue to solicit his views. He will always have strong ties to me and the team. We wish him continued success at FIU. I also believe Donnie Walsh has done a terrific job since joining the Knicks and my tremendous respect for him has only grown since he's joined the organization. I'm confident that the work that Donnie, Coach Mike D'Antoni and their staffs have done this summer has the team poised for long-term success."


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