Despite New York Knicks fans’ disgust with the organization and the owner, James Dolan isn’t going anywhere.
Ever since the turn of the century, the New York Knicks have been a team in disarray under owner James Dolan. Ranging from Dolan’s management tweaks to the organization’s head coach and player transactions, the Knicks have collectively put forth a disappointing product. But at the end of the day, as much as some Knicks fans may crave for Dolan’s departure, the reality is that the chairman of Madison Square Garden isn’t going to sell the team based on their negative takes pertaining to him.
Criticising Dolan has taken place throughout the duration of his time with the Knicks; it’s nothing new for him or the franchise. It’s just that the recent sale of the Houston Rockets got some heads thinking.
In reality, though, while it may very well make some sense from a financial perspective, anyone that is holding out hope for the tenured owner to sell the franchise is out of their minds and ultimately living on a prayer.
Has Dolan made a number of highly questionable decisions? Of course, in fact, one could make the case that his judgment pertaining to issues surrounding the team have made little to no sense. But guess what? He’s the boss, so it doesn’t matter.
Dolan swung and miss on a hefty $45 million deal with Larry Brown. He got himself into the on-court and legal distraction that was Isiah Thomas. Being accused of sexual harassment in his time with the Knicks, a negative light was shined on the Knicks organization as a whole.
Dolan also hired Phil Jackson — the most successful head coach in NBA history, but simultaneously possessed no executive experience — to be his president for $60 million; he later opted into the final two years of his deal with Jackson, only to part ways with him two months afterward.
Hell, he even overrode president Donnie Walsh’s power, essentially forcing him to trade for Denver Nuggets superstar, Carmelo Anthony — who ironically, the organization six years later is looking to get out of town in any way, shape or form.
In addition to his front office hirings going South before they even began, Dolan finds himself in what’s become a federal dilemma with former Knicks forward, Charles Oakley.
Back in February of the 2017 NBA regular season, Oakley got into a confrontation with Garden security in the stands. In what became a big scene and conflict off the floor, Oakley and Dolan have continued to go forth with their rocky relationship. Ranging from Dolan banning Oakley from coming to the Garden, to even the situation going to NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, the relationship between the two sides has gone into full-blown chaos, to say the least. To top it off, Oakley is now attempting to sue Dolan.
Brown, Thomas, Jackson and the situation that drags on with Oakley all fall back on Dolan; those were his decisions — Anthony as well. But at the end of the day, he’s the man in charge.
Knicks fans, and maybe even members of the organization, may have issues with the owner, but it’s irrelevant.
Dolan’s departure from the Knicks would likely not result in any potential backfire; he’s made a plethora of questionable and unjustified decisions in the past. And if he could get a multi-billon figure for the team, that would be more than enticing for him. The flip side is that the Knicks have always been worth an insane amount of money.
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Last year (2016), the Knicks were categorized as the most valuable franchise in the NBA, according to Forbes. Also, when have the Knicks not been worth a boatload of money? It’s not as if all of sudden they’re worth a monumental amount.
At the end of the day, the situation with Dolan and the Knicks is very simple. Fans can whine, protest and start a “petition” all they want, but Dolan isn’t going to sell the team based on people’s negative opinion towards his personnel choices. So get used to that Dolan smile and chuckle because for the foreseeable future it’s likely staying right where it is — 33rd and 7th.