$11.6 Million to Anucha Browne Sanders is a Rounding Error on This Payroll
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says the Browne Sanders verdict -- yet to be appealed -- barely makes the top ten in terms of ways the Knicks are shelling out money for their mistakes:
1. Zach Randolph, owed $51M guaranteed, starting with $13.3M this season.
2. Stephon Marbury, owed $42M guaranteed, starting with $20.1M this season.
3. Eddy Curry, owed $40.3M guaranteed, starting with $8.9M this season.
4. Jerome James, owed $18.6M guaranteed, starting with $5.8M this season.
5. Jared Jeffries, owed $25M guaranteed, starting with $5.6M this season.
6. Jamal Crawford, owed $16.5M guaranteed, starting with $7.9M this season.
7. Malik Rose, owed $14.6M guaranteed, starting with $7.1M this season.
8. Anucha Browne Sanders, owed $11.6M, pending appeal.
Similarly, Fanhouse has list of Isiah Thomas's greatest blunders. Jerome James doesn't even make the top five.
Here's ESPN's Chris Sheridan on TV saying this verdict will in no way affect James Dolan's commitment to Isiah Thomas:
And, writing on SI.com, sports lawyer Michael McCann says that if there is an appeal, it won't be nearly as salacious as this trial:
If there is an appeal, none of the parties or witnesses would testify, which would immediately remove the possibility of controversial live testimony. In addition, the appellate court would not consider any new evidence, so no more sensational fodder for the tabloids. Instead, attorneys for the parties would engage in a largely academic and theoretical discussion about the law and how it applies to this case, a process more commonly known as appellate advocacy. In making their arguments, the attorneys could refer only to the trial court's written record, including affidavits and the transcript of the trial court proceedings.