Isiah Thomas named president, part-owner of WNBA’s New York Liberty

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Isiah Thomas was at one point the president and head coach of the New York Knicks, but after failing to achieve any measure of success in either role, he was ousted from both positions at the conclusion of the 2008 season.

Oh, and Thomas also cost Madison Square Garden (the parent company that owns the Knicks) $11.6 million in damages back in 2007, after a jury ruled that he sexually harassed a former team executive who was improperly fired for complaining about the unwanted advances.

But hey, that was almost eight years ago — which means, evidently, that it’s just fine to give Thomas a second chance.

From Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:

Sources: Isiah Thomas has been named President of the New York Liberty of the WNBA. Thomas will also have part ownership of the team.

The team made it official shortly after the reports had surfaced.

Thomas’ track record of failure, along with the results of the harassment lawsuit, seem to make this an extremely odd choice.

But Thomas has remained close with Knicks owner James Dolan, and that fact alone has always made his return to the organization a very real (if puzzling) possibility.

The rumor mill will begin to churn, with plenty wondering if this isn’t a first step in Dolan easing Thomas back into an official role with the Knicks at some point in the future.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

Isiah Thomas tells Daily News he’s “excited” about his new gig with Liberty. As for a role with Knicks: “I’m not involved with the Knicks.”

At least not yet.