NEW YORK -- Isiah Thomas took himself out of the running for
the Los Angeles Lakers' coaching job, issuing a statement Wednesday
saying he was committed to remaining in his current position as
president of the New York Knicks.
The Lakers' job opened up when Rudy Tomjanovich resigned, citing
health issues, and Thomas' name was floated as a possible candidate
to be the eventual successor.
Thomas has maintained he would like to return to coaching some
day, although he has ruled out being both coach and president of
New York has lost 14 of its last 16 games to drop from first to
fourth place in the Atlantic Division. Thomas made a coaching
change a week and a half ago, replacing Lenny Wilkens with Herb
"All my focus is going into rebuilding this franchise, and any
innuendo that I would leave my position because of the difficult
stretch the team is currently going through is incorrect," said
Thomas, who is on a scouting trip in Europe.
"I have a duty to the organization, to our ownership and to our
fans to find ways, both short and long term, to return the
Knickerbockers to a championship caliber team, and I am steadfast
in that commitment."