Isiah Thomas had recent talks withÂ ClippersÂ owner Donald Sterling about a position in the organization, according to a Los Angeles source last night at the Garden. Thomas, who’s in an untitled role with theÂ KnicksÂ and reports to team president Donnie Walsh, was with Walsh during the Pac-10 tournament two weeks ago. Walsh and Thomas spent the entire day together. The L.A. source said Thomas spoke with Sterling andClippersÂ coach/GM Mike Dunleavy about a potential personnel job. Thomas told them he would be in Los Angeles quite a bit next season because his daughter, Lauren, will be attending Loyola Marymount in L.A. The source said talks didn’t go anywhere, because the club does not have a current position suited for Thomas, though it recently fired Elgin Baylor, who was vice president of basketball operations.
New York Post
Souces close to Jerry West told KNBC that the Hall of Famer has been approached by theÂ ClippersÂ about becoming the team’s next General Manager. The legendary Laker said thanks, but no thanks. This clearly validates a report in the Boston Globe that theÂ ClippersÂ are considering removingÂ Mike DunleavyÂ as GM at season’s end. Dunleavy is currently both the GM and Coach of theÂ Clippers, a 17-54 team mired in a dreadful season. Sources say that West has no interest in the Clipper job. The team is reportedly interested in former Heat GM and ex-Lakers Coach Randy Pfund. Either way, it’s clear that something has to change for theÂ Clippers, and that change may be coming soon.
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Toronto Raptors starÂ Chris Bosh began legal proceedings in October to support his then-unborn daughter, according to a Dallas lawyer. On Oct. 3, 2008, six weeks after he split with the baby’s mother, Allison Mathis, Bosh filed a petition in a Dallas court to begin arranging custody and financial support of the child. In the event Bosh and Mathis could not come to a written agreement, the petition asked the court “to make orders for support of the child” and “provide for appropriate access to the child for both parties.”Â
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Nene was suspended by the NBA because of his altercation Monday during the Nuggets’ 118-115 loss to the Suns in Phoenix. He didn’t play Wednesday at New Orleans and also will sit out Friday’s game at Dallas. Asked if he was shocked when he found out Nene’s suspension was two games, coach George Karl said, “I was shocked at one game, so obviously I’d be shocked with two games.”Â
A New Jersey congressman asked theÂ Treasury DepartmentÂ on Monday step in to endÂ the Netsâ€™ $400-million deal with Barclays Bank, which would put the British companyâ€™s name on the teamâ€™s proposed Brooklyn arena, because it indirectly received federal bailout funds.In a letter to Treasury SecretaryTimothy F. Geithner, Rep.Â Bill Pascrell Jr., a Democrat, said that â€œit is appropriate for the U.S. to request that Barclays cancel this naming-rights agreementâ€ because A.I.G. paid the bank $8.5 billion out of the $170 billion the insurance giant has received in taxpayer assistance to prevent its collapse.Â Pascrell said in a telephone interview: â€œThe bailout money was never anticipated to be used to put your name on a sports arena. The circus is over. The taxpayer has to be protected. Iâ€™m more outraged about this than the A.I.G. bonuses.â€
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