Man who a jury once ruled sexually harassed a female employee named president of WNBA team

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Former NBA great Isiah Thomas was named president of the WNBA’s New York Liberty on Tuesday. Thomas was one of the greatest point guards to ever step on the hardwood, but his days as a coach and in the front office are checkered. As coach and then president, Thomas oversaw one of the most inept eras in New York Knicks history. His off the court dealings were even worse and are precisely what makes this move seem dubious. In October of 2007, a jury ruled that Thomas had sexually harassed a former female Knicks executive, Anucha Browne Saunders. The team later settled the case for a reported $11.5 million. The Liberty, coached by Bill Laimbeer, a teammate of Thomas in the late 1980s with the Pistons, has been struggling the last few years. Team owner James Dolan said Thomas has been informally advising the team and he’s “very pleased with the results.”

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