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Report: Phil Jackson Not Happy About Isiah Thomas Hiring

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Isiah Thomas is returning to New York as team president of the New York Liberty and as a minority owner of the franchise.

Current Knicks president Phil Jackson is reportedly unhappy with the development, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

"[Jackson]’s not happy about it but what can he do about it," an unnamed Madison Square Garden official told Isola. "This is just the start of it."

Thomas previously worked for the Knicks, who are owned by the MSG group that also own the Liberty, as team president from 2003-2008 and head coach from 2006 to 2008.

A jury ruled in 2007 that Thomas had sexually harassed a former Knicks executive, Anucha Brown Sanders, and awarded her $11.5 million after it was also found that she was improperly fired for complaining about his behavior.

"The Madison Square Garden organization announced that Isiah Thomas has been named president of the New York Liberty and that he will take an ownership interest in the team, pending WNBA approval," WNBA president Laurel Richie said in a statement. "New owners are approved by our WNBA Board of Governors, and this process has not yet begun."


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Knicks' Derek Fisher Fires Back at People Complaining About Team's Win Streak

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks seemed all but certain to get the most ping pong balls in the NBA Draft Lottery by securing the worst record in the NBA. But after a two-game winning streak that is no longer guaranteed, and head coach Derek Fisher doesn't care.

"I'm sure people are upset with us," Fisher said. "But I don't think you can ever go out there and basically try and not play your best. Those two things don't go together."

Securing the worst record gives you a 25% chance of getting the number one pick, and guarantees a top-4 pick.

If the Thunder beat the Timberwolves on Wednesday, they clinch the worst record in the league. If the Knicks beat the Pistons and the Sixers lose to the Heat on Wednesday, then they tie for the second-worst mark in the NBA.

"That has no bearing on these guys' lives and their careers and their livelihoods -- who we pick next year," Fisher said. "This is about them, and they went out and played that way."

The Knicks haven't had the number one pick since 1985 when they drafted Patrick Ewing.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 4/13/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Houston Rockets 100 (55-26) – Charlotte Hornets 90 (33-48)

Cleveland Cavaliers 109 (52-29) – Detroit Pistons 97 (31-50)

Milwaukee Bucks 107 (41-40) – Philadelphia 76ers 97 (18-63)

New York Knicks 112 (17-64) – Atlanta Hawks 108 (60-21)

Chicago Bulls 113 (49-32) – Brooklyn Nets 86 (37-44)

Miami Heat 100 (36-45) – Orlando Magic 93 (25-56)

New Orleans Pelicans 100 (44-37) – Minnesota Timberwolves 88 (16-65)

Sacramento Kings 102 (28-53) - Los Angeles Lakers 92 (21-60)

Oklahoma City Thunder 101 (44-37) – Portland Trail Blazers 90 (51-30)

Utah Jazz 109 (38-43) - Dallas Mavericks 92 (49-32)

Golden State Warriors 111 (66-15) - Memphis Grizzlies 107 (54-27)

Los Angeles Clippers 110 (55-26) - Denver Nuggets 103 (30-51)

MLB: Boston Red Sox 9 (5-2) – Washington Nationals 4 (2-5)

Kansas City Royals 12 (7-0) – Minnesota Twins 3 (1-6)

New York Yankees 6 (3-4) – Baltimore Orioles 5 (3-4)

New York Mets 2 (4-3) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (3-4)

Tampa Bay Rays 2 (4-3) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (4-3)

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (3-4) – Detroit Tigers 4 (6-1)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (2-5) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (3-3)

Colorado Rockies 2 (5-2) – San Francisco Giants 0 (3-5)

Atlanta Braves 3 (6-1) - Miami Marlins 2 (1-6)

Chicago Cubs 7 (4-2) - Cincinnati Reds 6 (4-3)

Oakland Athletics 8 (4-4) - Houston Astros 1 (3-4)

Los Angeles Angels 6 (3-4) - Texas Rangers 3 (3-5)

Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (4-3) - Seattle Mariners 5 (3-4)

Arizona Diamondbacks 8 (4-3) - San Diego Padres 4 (4-4)

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Pistons' Greg Monroe Denies Report That He'll Sign with Knicks this Offseason

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Detroit Pistons forward/center Greg Monroe is a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and is expected to cash in with his new contract. Despite a recent report, Monroe denies that he's already pick his new team, the New York Knicks.

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Monroe signing with the Knicks is “about as close to a done deal as you can get.”

Monroe is denying any such agreement.

Agreeing to a deal before the free agency is illegal in NBA, let alone before a season ends. 

“You write it’s a done deal, there must be another Greg Monroe around here that I don’t know about, because I haven’t agreed to anything,” Monroe told's David Mayo.

“This stuff right here, it’s just unfortunate that we have to talk about it,” Monroe added. “I know we have to. But I talk to my agent every day, and I know for sure, I’m 100-percent, 1,000-percent confident, that he hasn’t done anything. If (the Knicks) have interest, maybe they might have commented on that. But I haven’t even gotten to that place yet.”

A five-year NBA veteran, Monroe is averaging 16.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game with the Pistons this year.

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Knicks Owner James Dolan Stresses Patience to Fans

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks owner James Dolan encouraged fans to have faith in team president Phil Jackson and to give him some time to rebuild things.

"The majority of them understand we're in a rebuild, we're moving as fast as we can and they see our opportunities as being huge. I think they are, but it's all in Phil's hands," Dolan told The Hollywood Reporter.

Dolan has not got in the middle of any decisions that Jackson has made since signing him to a five-year $60 million deal last year.

"Phil is a brilliant basketball guy, and he and Steve [Mills] are working together great," said Dolan, who has a history of getting involved in basketball decisions. "I enjoy being out of the limelight. I enjoy having two experts in there that I trust. I barely have to do a thing. It can stay like that for me forever. As long as we continue to make progress -- and I'm sure we will. I believe!"

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Phil Jackson Makes Plea to Knicks Fans

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of the worst season in franchise history, New York Knicks executive Phil Jackson made a plea to Knicks fans that better days are ahead.

Jackson sent a letter and video message to season ticket holders about the state of franchise.

"While I know this has been a challenging season for our team on the court, I can also tell you that everyone in the organization is working tirelessly to get our Knicks back to a place where we are once again competing at the highest level," Jackson said in the video.

"We have made key roster moves to free up significant cap space that will provide us greater flexibility to acquire talent in this summer's free agency," Jackson continued. "And for the first time in many years, we expect to have a top pick in the NBA Draft this June.

"These are key steps to building a roster of players that have both the talent and character to win in New York and who, alongside Carmelo Anthony, will become a team that can become a consistent winner," he added.

Entering Wednesday, the Knicks are 14-60, which is the worst record in the NBA.

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Mirotic Scores 24 Points in Bulls 111-80 Win Against Knicks

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Six players scored in double-figures for the Bulls led by power forward Nikola Mirotic with 24 points as Chicago (45-29) beat New York (14-60), 111-80 Saturday night. It’s the Knicks franchise-record 60th loss of the season.

Mirotic was 8-for-15 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc in 26 minutes of action. Bulls power forward Pau Gasol contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds while shooting guard Jimmy Butler had 18 points, four assists and five steals.

Chicago jumped out to a 28-17 first quarter lead and cruised into half-time up, 54-34. Gasol had 13 points in the first half while Mirtoic poured in 11 points.

Center Andrea Bargani led the way for the Knicks with 14 points and seven rebounds. 

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Scoreboard Roundup - 3/17/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament - Midwest Region – First Round: (16) Hampton 74 (17-17) – (16) Manhattan 64 (19-14)

NBA:  Detroit Pistons 105 (24-43) – Memphis Grizzlies 95 (47-21)

New York Knicks 104 (14-53) – San Antonio Spurs 100 (41-25) OT

Houston Rockets 107 (45-22) – Orlando Magic 94 (21-48)

New Orleans Pelicans 85 (37-30) – Milwaukee Bucks 84 (34-33)

Los Angeles Clippers 99 (43-25) - Charlotte Hornets 92 (29-37)

NHL: Ottawa Senators 2 (34-21-11; 79pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (26-34-9; 61pts) OT

New Jersey Devils 2 (30-29-11; 71pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 0 (39-21-10; 88pts)

Buffalo Sabres 2 (20-43-7; 47pts) – Boston Bruins 1 (36-23-11; 83pts) SO

Montreal Canadiens 3 (44-20-7; 95pts) – Florida Panthers 2 (31-25-14; 76pts)

Minnesota Wild 3 (39-24-7; 85pts) – Nashville Predators 2 (43-21-8; 94pts)

Winnipeg Jets 5 (35-23-12; 82pts) – San Jose Sharks 2 (34-28-8; 76pts)

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Phil Jackson Fined for Calling Ohio State's Russell a 'Great-Looking Kid'

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NBA fined New York Knicks president Phil Jackson an undisclosed amount for calling Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell "a great-looking kid" and a "great prospect" on Tuesday.

Jackson said those comments to after watching Ohio State play last week.

The NBA prohibits any scout from giving their thoughts on a player before they declare for the NBA draft.

New York is expected to have one of the top picks in the draft and this is the second time that Jackson has been fined during his tenure as president.

Jackson was fined for tampering with then-Thunder guard Derek Fisher about the open head coaching position last season.

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Former Knick Anthony Mason Passes Away

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Former New York Knick Anthony Mason has passed away Saturday, according to ESPN.

Mason, 48, suffered a heart attack and successive congestive heart failure earlier this month. 

Earlier this week, Mason's son suggested that the 6'7" native of Miami, Fl. was showing signs of improvement.

Mason played five seasons with the Knicks and was a key member of the 1994 four team that brought New York to the NBA Finals. As part of the team headlined by Patrick Ewing and John Starks, Mason won the NBA's sixth-man during the 1994-1995 season.

A third round pick in 1988 out of Tennessee State, Mason was selected by the Portland Trailblazers. He would play 13 seasons in the NBA.

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