James Dolan, owner of the New York Knicks, has no plans to sell the team, but this news isn’t as bad as you think.
Dolan appeared on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” to discuss a new song relating to the #MeToo movement. He also stated that he has no plans to sell the team and when asked where those rumors started he said, “Not from me.”
Dolan via Fox 5 NY:
“No, we’re not going to sell.”
That’s about as blunt as he can get. Knicks fans constantly bemoan the ownership for faults past and present — and for good reason. The horrendous run from ownership has been going on for the better part of the 2000s.
But something appears to be changing. Phil Jackson did not have many successes outside of Kristaps Porzingis falling into his lap, but it looks like he finally convinced Dolan to become a hands-off owner.
If Dolan continues to take this approach with the Steve Mills-Scott Perry-David Fizdale era, then that is a part of Phil Jackson’s lasting legacy.
So while new ownership may not be a bad thing for the Knicks, perhaps the worst is behind the organization. If Dolan finally commits to a hands-off approach, then the organization could be heading in the right direction.
Of course, how many times have Knicks fans had to endure this optimistic outlook? Far too many times. But this time does feel different. It wasn’t necessarily a flashy signing or a big-name executive coming in. It’s a few like-minded individuals who—so far—have said and done all the right things.
So while this organization has used up its fair share of mulligans, this time around it feels different. Maybe Dolan sticking around isn’t the worst thing that could happen to the franchise.