If only Anucha Browne-Sanders’ testimony could go on all year. From the New York Daily News’ Thomas Zambito :
Knicks coach Isiah Thomas was a foulmouthed bully who went on tirades at a moment’s notice, a Manhattan Federal Court jury was told yesterday in a day of raw testimony filled with obscenities and sexual slurs.
Fired Knicks exec Anucha Browne Sanders said Thomas repeatedly called her a “bitch” and “ho” in private conversations, but then suddenly declared he loved her after they played a game of basketball.
Dressed in a baby-blue suit jacket and dark slacks, and wearing simple pearl earrings, Browne Sanders said Thomas bristled at her efforts to get players to turn out for corporate events scheduled long before he took over the team in December 2003.
“Bitch, I don’t give a f–k about the sponsors …” Browne Sanders testified Thomas told her. “I don’t give a f–k about ticket sales.”
She also said Thomas rebuffed her March 2004 request that he sign renewal-request letters sent out to past season ticket holders with a pointed shot at loyal Knick fans.
“Bitch, I don’t give a f–k about these white people,” Browne Sanders said Thomas told her.
Browne Sanders, like Thomas an African-American, said she urged Thomas to give it a second thought, considering the Knick fan base.
“I said I think you’re going to have a problem because 80% of the season subscriber base is white,” Browne Sanders testified in a strong, confident voice.
By late 2004, Browne Sanders said, Thomas had warmed to her after a game of horse at a December holiday party. Thomas beat the former Northwestern hoops star in the popular playground game, and the two slapped hands afterward.
“I figured it out when we played horse,” she said Thomas told her after a 2004 Knicks victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. “I’m in love with you. It’s like the movie ‘Love and Basketball.’”
Far be it for me to tell an accomplished player like Zeke how to work the ladies, but from my experience, “The Notebook” is a far more effective title to drop.