ATLANTA — Embattled New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said he is not a candidate for the Indiana University job.

Thomas, whose Knicks have lost seven of eight and 14 of 16, has a 53-102 record in two seasons with the team. Though he helped Indiana win the 1981 NCAA championship, Thomas has never coached in college.

He indicated the Hoosiers haven't consulted him about becoming their head coach.

"No, I have a job," Thomas said before the Knicks played the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

Thomas, also the Knicks' team president, said he hopes interim coach Dan Dakich is named full-time at Indiana.

In February, Dakich replaced Kelvin Sampson, who resigned following the release of an NCAA report that said he committed five "major" violations involving recruiting.

MCGEE TURNING PRO: Nevada sophomore center JaVale McGee is leaving school early to go pro, and his mom already believes he's more skilled than most of the players in the NBA.

Of course, McGee's mother knows a little more about basketball than the average parent. Former U.S. Olympian and WNBA star Pam McGee already has a nickname for her high-flying, shot-blocking son: The Big Secret.

"If you talk to any pro scouts, they will tell you JaVale is probably the most skilled 7-footer in the country, one of the most skilled 7-footers in the world," Pam McGee told reporters at a news conference Monday after her rather shy son briefly and quietly thanked Nevada's coaches and fans for helping to make his dream come true.

The 7-foot-1 JaVale McGee became known this year for his thundering dunks, behind-the-back passes in traffic and Western Athletic Conference-leading 2.8 blocked shots per game. He averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, while shooting 53 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3-point range.

NETS HOST CARBON NEUTRAL GAME: The New Jersey Nets will support four worldwide projects to offset carbon emissions when they play the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

"We're definitely the first NBA team to have a carbon-neutral game," said Julianne Waldron, the Nets' environmental manager. "I don't know if we're the first sports franchise, I can't speak to that, but I can say we are the first pro team to receive an accreditation of carbon neutral."

The CarbonNeutral Company calculated that 449 tons of carbon dioxide would be produced Tuesday by fans and Nets' personnel traveling to the game, energy use at the Izod Center and emissions from the 76ers bus trip from Philadelphia.

To offset that, the Nets will invest in a waste recovery project in India, a waste gas project in Germany, hydroplants in China and solar water-heating systems in India.