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Report: Interest in Isiah to run Clippers

Isiah Thomas could resurface in the NBA as coach and general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a report Friday on

The report said the Clippers have reached out to the former Knicks coach and president about taking over their chronically underachieving organization.

The Clippers recently removed Mike Dunleavy as coach, though he remains the general manager. Kim Hughes is interim coach.

Thomas, a basketball Hall of Famer as a player, is in his first year as coach at Florida International University, a Miami school looking to build a successful program. FIU is 7-18 under Thomas.

Thomas was the Knicks' president from 2003-08. He took over as coach in 2006 and went 56-108 in two tumultuous seasons before getting fired in 2008 and spending a year as a consultant.

He also was sued for sexual harassment by former team executive Anucha Browne Sanders and lost in a 2007 court case.

The Clippers are 21-28 and without No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin, who will not play this season because of a knee injury. The Knicks - who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday - will visit the Clippers on April 4 in the last game of a five-game western trip.

Knick knacks

As expected, Danilo Gallinari was named to the three-point contest for All-Star weekend. He will face Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, Daequan Cook, Stephen Curry and former Knick Channing Frye. Gallinari also will play in the rookie-sophomore game . . . The Knicks wore a No. 15 patch to honor Dick McGuire, who died Wednesday. McGuire's banner on the Garden rafters was changed from a white background to blue so it will stand out from the other banners for the rest of the season.

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