New York Knicks owner James Dolan made a controversial decision by hiring Isiah Thomas to run the WNBA’s New York Liberty, and Knicks president Phil Jackson isn’t thrilled with the move, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Jackson has reportedly expressed some concern about Thomas being brought back to Madison Square Garden, although there’s not much Phil can do about it:
“He’s not happy about it but what can he do about it,” said one Garden official, who requested anonymity. “This is just the start of it.”
Thomas infamously ran the Knicks into the ground as an executive, and he was also involved with a sexual harassment case in 2007 that cost the organization $11.6 million, making the decision to hire him to run a women’s team all the more bizarre.
Thomas has insisted that he won’t have anything to do with the Knicks, but his mere presence back at MSG has already started up speculation that he’ll soon be back with the team, and could perhaps even replace Jackson at some point down the road. The Zen Master just finished up the first year of a five-year deal worth $60 million, and some believe he won’t finish out all five of those years.