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Thomas & Laimbeer reunite… in the WNBA

Former Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas has found himself back in the front office. This time, with a twist.

After years of futility as president of the New York Knicks, Thomas has made the jump to the WNBA, taking control of the New York Liberty, whose head coach just happens to be former teammate Bill Laimbeer.

Now, the two former Bad Boys will combine forces to attempt to turn the tide of a team that finished 15-19 last season.

Laimbeer has been at the helm in New York for the Liberty’s past two seasons. However, at the conclusion of the 2014 campaign, his contract was not renewed by the team. Interestingly, Laimbeer was then re-hired this past January to retain command of the Liberty, only without the additional general manager title he’d previously held.

In a statement, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan said Thomas had been advising the Liberty since the fall, including playing a role in retaining Laimbeer as head coach.

“We’ve agreed that it is time for him to take a lead role with the team as president, and through his ownership interest,” said Dolan. “He’s an excellent judge of talent, and I’m confident that he will put all of his energy and experience into making the Liberty a perennially competitive and successful team.”

Thomas has an embattled history with New York basketball. In addition to a playoff-less run as Knicks president from 2003 to 2008, Thomas also contributed a combined record of 56-108 as head coach of the Knicks in ’07 and ’08.

On top of the on-court struggles, Thomas found himself in a contentious lawsuit with former team employee Anucha Browne Sanders that ultimately resulted in the loss of $11.6 million for Madison Square Garden.

Thomas had been most recently serving as a broadcaster on NBA TV and regular contributor on NBA.com.

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