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D'Antoni explains Isiah involvement

Updated: July 16, 2010, 9:45 PM ET
ESPNNewYork.com

Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni told the New York Daily News that Isiah Thomas' involvement in the team's recruitment of LeBron James was a last-gasp effort.

Calling the move a "Hail Mary," D'Antoni explained to the paper the organization's reasoning for soliciting the former president's services.

"We were sitting around and thinking what can we do to try and get it back and Isiah had an in with someone in [LeBron's] entourage," D'Antoni said in the report. "It was a Hail Mary pass ...

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