Thomas' plan for Knicks: `Me as the coach'

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January 01, 2008

Isiah Thomas said yesterday he would remain the New York Knicks' coach, nearly two weeks after saying it would be fair to evaluate his performance in a "couple of weeks."

"We'll keep moving in this direction," Thomas said yesterday when reminded of those comments after practice.

Asked what direction that was, Thomas responded: "Me as the coach."

The Knicks haven't shown any signs of life. Though Thomas -- who is also the team president -- has made lineup changes before the past two games, New York (8-21) has lost four in a row.

More pro basketball -- Rookie Kevin Durant (19.7 points per game) missed his first game of the season with a finger injury as Seattle played Philadelphia. ... With Antonio Daniels returning to its starting lineup, Washington waived guard Mike Wilks.

Baseball -- Roger Clemens is still welcome at a convention of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association this month. The group reconsidered its invitation after Clemens was mentioned prominently in the Mitchell Report on steroids. The coaches said yesterday that they found no reason to prevent the star pitcher from addressing their meeting. President Jim Long said his group left its options open depending on what Clemens says in Sunday's 60 Minutes interview.

Horse racing -- Louis Wolfson, the owner of 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed, has died. He was 95. Wolfson, who had Alzheimer's disease and colon cancer, died Sunday at his Bal Harbour, Fla., home, son Steve said. Affirmed edged rival Alydar in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont to become the third horse in six years to win the Triple Crown.

Hockey -- Boston became the second team in NHL history to reach 18,000 goals when Dennis Wideman scored the team's first goal 4:40 into the second period of the host Bruins' 5-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers. The Montreal Canadiens have 18,886 goals.

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