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06:10 AM ET 08.09 | At least two NBA owners have complained to the league about the Knicks' new arrangement with Isiah Thomas, who became their part-time consultant Friday while also remaining at FIU, according to a source. One potential owner who might have complained is new Charlotte owner Michael Jordan, who likely is not a fan of Thomas because Larry Brown is his coach with the Bobcats. The NBA is investigating whether Thomas' contract conforms with NBA bylaws.

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August 9, 2010  07:27 AM ET

is sexual harassment and firing the woman who brought the complaint not against the by-laws?

August 9, 2010  07:31 AM ET

Jordan's dislike for Isiah goes back to 1985 All-Star game. Jordan never forgets!

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August 9, 2010  07:43 AM ET
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All kidding and rightful Zeke bashing aside.....It cannot be legal to have a college coach on the payroll, I mean if players can't have contact with agents and pro teams....isn't it a bit sketchy if coaches can be employees of pro teams?

sounds like a conflict of interest....

August 9, 2010  08:09 AM ET
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All kidding and rightful Zeke bashing aside.....It cannot be legal to have a college coach on the payroll, I mean if players can't have contact with agents and pro teams....isn't it a bit sketchy if coaches can be employees of pro teams?

Exactly!!!

August 9, 2010  08:19 AM ET
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All kidding and rightful Zeke bashing aside.....It cannot be legal to have a college coach on the payroll, I mean if players can't have contact with agents and pro teams....isn't it a bit sketchy if coaches can be employees of pro teams?

what the hell is the knicks organization doing? i believe Every fan who thought the team has turned the corner should now come back to reality

August 9, 2010  08:23 AM ET
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what the hell is the knicks organization doing? i believe Every fan who thought the team has turned the corner should now come back to reality

Agreed and why's Jordan even trying to block this deal?. It'll only make the Knicks which should be good for him and the Bobcats. Isaiah in NY means more luxury tax for these owners. Dolan is a moron!

August 9, 2010  08:26 AM ET

If I were the owners, I would support this move. When he was running the Knicks, he took a lot of big wasted contracts off the hands of the other teams. Look at Curry and Marbury...he was doing them a service!

August 9, 2010  08:33 AM ET

He's the worst former NBA GM/Coach out there....what are the Knicks thinking?

August 9, 2010  08:35 AM ET

Hey Lostwill -- you kind of look like Isaih in the picture at top!

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August 9, 2010  08:39 AM ET
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Agreed and why's Jordan even trying to block this deal?. It'll only make the Knicks which should be good for him and the Bobcats. Isaiah in NY means more luxury tax for these owners. Dolan is a moron!

yes he is a moron......but jordan could be trying to protect the college players ........

August 9, 2010  08:44 AM ET
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I don't know man........The thing is other than it being obviously completely supid,At least for me, What bothers me the most is how this shows just how out of touch dolan is with the fanbase and more importantly REALITY.I would say with confidence that 98-99% of us fans despise Zeke. Whether he tried to improve things or not.....he failed miserably and right or wrong he has become the face of FAILURE.We turned the page with Donnie (again, right or wrong, not important ) and now he brings Zeke in again?Forget that its laughable or a bad decision, or even that its a freakin slap in the face......what pisses me off it that is complete disregard of the feel of the fanbase - the fact that he DOESN'T GIVE A SH ! T about us fans or what's good for the team, rather that Zeke is his buddy and thats all he cares about

I totally agree...it makes you wonder what people are thinking.....the knick fans should be totally disgraced and need to find a way to show how displeased they are.......the only thing i can think of is he believes Isiah has clout with the young superstars in the league....Which may be true...He might not be crap as a GM but as player he is still a hall of famer and most fans know that

August 9, 2010  08:45 AM ET

I'm no fan of Isiah being a GM but from my understanding he is just coming to consult and evaluate talent, not sign contracts. Evaluating talent is something that he has a great track record of. Look who he has drafted- David Lee, Marcus Camby, Tracy McGrady, Damon Staudamire, Nene, Trevor Ariza, Wilson Chandler, Nate Robinson, Channing Frye. I think he does well in that area. As long as thats all he is doing then I don't have a problem but if he becomes GM and is able to sign contracts again and make trades thats where I have an issue as a Knicks fan.

August 9, 2010  08:45 AM ET

And I know that the NCAA did not find an issue with the deal but I hope the NBA does

August 9, 2010  08:46 AM ET

If I was a complete failure at my job, and cost the company millions to settle a sexual harrasment suit filed against me, would I have a reasonable expectation to be hired back by that company? I thought the answer was no, but Isaiah blows that notion out of the water. WHAT THE HELL ARE THE KNICKS THINKING???

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August 9, 2010  08:58 AM ET

I don't know WTF is going on with this. I mean, Isiah only brought shame to the organization. To have to sit on the stand and admit, out of all the people he could have had in the world (never mind NY), he chose to get with an intern. Then the Starbury trial about how he coerced another intern to have intercourse with him, which should not be a surpise because of the culture that Isiah Thomas has instilled within the organization. I really do honestly believe that NY deserves better. If he is a good spot for talent, then so be it. But I am sure, as everyone knows, that he isn't the only one out there. Bad choice Jim (Dolan), bad, bad choice!

August 9, 2010  09:05 AM ET
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I mean ferry drafted LBJ....is he a great talent evaluator?Yes, Zeke had some good picks, but up until his past year.....when Lee was a REPLACEMENT AS....none of his knick picks made an AS team....so how good really are they?Also its not the point whether he did one thing good.....The point is hes dolans boy...for some reason and he's one step away from running the damn team again, he also obviously has dolans ear, so bow can ANY GM succeed or freons comfortable?

The point is this- Thomas' role as consultant was specified in a Knicks release as advising on the college draft. I don't want the guy around period but If thats all he is doing then its understandable because he has a good track record IN THAT AREA. ESPN did a study over the past 20yrs on GM's drafting and this is what they came up with- Bryan Colangelo and -- yes -- Isiah Thomas top our list of best-drafting GMs.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft2009/insider/news/story?id=4270096& ;action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnba%2fdraf t2009%2finsider%2fnews%2fstory%3fid%3d4270096

 
August 9, 2010  09:12 AM ET

Can someone please explain to me the wisdom of this move?

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