Person Inside Isiah Thomas’s Home Is Treated

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Authorities were called to the home of former New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, where police said a 47-year-old man was taken to the hospital and treated for an accidental overdose of sleeping pills early yesterday morning.

Police would not identify the man, except to give his age. But reached on his cellphone, the 47-year-old Thomas told the New York Post he had not been treated for a sleeping pill overdose, and that it was his 17-year-old daughter Lauren who had a medical issue.

It "wasn't an overdose," he told the newspaper. "My daughter is very down right now. None of us are okay."

Harrison (N.Y.) Police Chief David Hall said the case was not a suicide attempt.

"We're classifying it as an accidental overdose of prescription sleeping pills," Hall said. "I'm not going to confirm or deny that it was Isiah Thomas. It was an individual at his home."

He told the Daily News that the man took about 10 Lunesta sleeping pills. "He was unconscious, but breathing on his own," Hall told the paper.

Thomas's 20-year-old son Joshua also said it was his sister, not his father, who required treatment.

"He's fine," the Indiana University student told the Daily News. "Reports of sleeping pills are false."

· COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Arizona selected Russ Pennell as the interim replacement for retired coach Lute Olson. Pennell, 47, is a former assistant to Rob Evans at Arizona State and served last year as a Sun Devils radio analyst.

The university turned to Pennell, who has never been a college head coach, after failing to reach an agreement with Olson's top assistant, Mike Dunlap.


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