While there is a renewed energy and optimism around the New York Liberty following the sale to Brooklyn Nets minority owner Joe Tsai, one notable figure did not make the move.
Team president Isiah Thomas, according to the AP’s Doug Feinberg, did not make the move to the Tsai-owned Liberty as he is reportedly living up to his “contractual obligations” with Madison Square Garden.
At the time of Thomas’ hire, it was met with raised eyebrows as he was embroiled in Madison Square Garden’s sexual harassment suit which was raised by Anucha Browne-Sanders.
He was hired as Liberty president after a much-beleaguered tenure with the New York Knicks’ front office. With the Liberty, Thomas compiled a 66-36 record sans 2018, where New York finished a league second-worst 7-27 in their first season at Westchester County Center.
The renewed optimism around the Liberty is in stark contrast to the run-up to the 2018 campaign, when things looked bleak on and off the court in Gotham. That optimism includes talk on where New York will play beyond this year.
According to Anthony Puccio, a writer for SB Nation’s Nets Daily…
I’m told WNBA’s Liberty considering Nassau Coliseum as their new home.
“Nothing definitive yet” source says, but it’s in the conversation.
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) February 6, 2019
Speaking of the Liberty, notice that the Twitter bio for MSG Networks no longer mentions the Libs with the Knicks, Rangers, Giants, Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Red Bulls, and Buffalo Sabres? Television coverage also is a topic of conversation surrounding the team. YES Network, anyone?