Reviled former New York Knicks team president and head coach Isiah Thomas attended a business meeting with team owner and friend James Dolan Friday morning, according to the New York Post.
The two met in New York's Mandarin Hotel, The Post reported, and they could have been discussing a new position as Madison Square Garden sports president Scott O'Neil resigned earlier this week.
Reportedly, Thomas was "reassigned" rather than fired in 2008, and he and Dolan have remained friends. Some have speculated Thomas is still a confidant to Dolan, and that he even stepped in to help the Knicks failed recruitment of LeBron James in the summer of 2010.
As team coach from 2006-2008 Thomas posted a .341 winning percentage, which was fifth worst all-time for a Knicks coach. He was team president from 2003 to 2006 before taking over as head coach.
Many New York fans look back in anger when thinking of Thomas's era. It is questionable as to why Dolan would consider bringing him back as the Knicks are 3-18 in their last 21 playoff games, and haven't advanced past the first round since 1999. Some fans are still upset New York did not bring back point guard sensation Jeremy Lin in free agency this summer.
Some of the Knicks' highlights during Thomas's tenure include questionable free agent signings, enormous trades that put New York over the luxury tax, and a sexual harassment lawsuit that forced the team to shell out more than $11 million to a former executive.
Thomas's links to the Knicks run deeper than Dolan. Current New York head coach Mike Woodson, along with general manager Glen Grunwald were teammates with Thomas on Indiana University's 1981 National Championship team, and The Post reported Woodson could be considering Thomas for a coaching consultant position.
The former Detroit Pistons All-star and Hall of Fame point guard was fired from Florida International in April after three disappointing seasons at the helm. While there, Dolan reportedly hired Thomas as a consultant, but NBA commissioner David Stern ruled it was improper due to Thomas's standing as a college head coach.
Before he joined the Knicks, Thomas coached the Indiana Pacers to three straight playoff appearances from 2000-2003, but each time they were eliminated in the first round.
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