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April 7, 2020

No Talking Heads, Just Talking Hoops

Delusions of Grandeur: The Dolan Dilemma

James Dolan has got to go

Growing up I learned three things: Don’t jump out of a moving car, 90’s hip hop reigns supreme, and the New York Knicks are a fucking joke of an organization.

Let’s be clear, I mean the front office and ownership, not the fan base; The Knicks have one of the most passionate followings in professional sports. Madison Square Garden routinely sells out despite only 3 playoff appearnaces in the past 15 years. THE single most historic basketball arena in the ENTIRE world, sells out to watch Marcus Morris lead a team in scoring. That is equally impressive and depressing.

Some of the greats to come out of NYC:

  • Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar
  • Dr.J
  • Chris Mullin
  • World B. Free
  • Bernard King
  • Stephon Marbury
  • Rod Strickland
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Kemba Walker
  • Lenny Wilkens
  • Ron Artest
  • Kenny Anderson
  • Lamar Odom
  • Nate Archibald
  • Mark Jackson

And that’s just hall of famers and all stars. The number of former players from the Big Apple is insane. That’s not even close to all of them, it would take it’s own individual post to highlight their careers. New York IS basketball; this city has brought some of the best players, moments, and history to the sport of basketball.

New York is the Mecca of basketball. And James Dolan has tarnished the legacy of not just the Knicks, but basketball in all of New York.

People are so quick to destroy the coaches on twitter, blame the front office, or team infrastructure. Have the coaches been great? No, but David Fizdale was so completely set up for failure by an inept front office led by Steve Mills and Scott Perry. You could see before the season even started how terribly built this roster was. Put prime Jerry Sloan, or old school Pat Riley at the helm and this team is still bottom feeding trash. And that is not a knock on the players. This is all about roster construction.

If you think that this is a David Fizdale problem, or a Steve Mills/Scott Perry problem, look at the track record. It was Jeff Hornacek’s fault, and Phil Jackson’s fault, Derek Fisher’s, Mike Woodson’s, Mike D’antoni’s, Isiah Thomas’, Larry Brown’s, Lenny Wilkens’… do you see what I’m getting at?

Who hires every single one of these guys? Who sets the culture? Who ultimately makes the decisions? James. Lawrence. Dolan.

Were all the guys listed above great fits or hires? Hell no, but when we’ve been on this same train for 15 years we have to stop and realize, jesus christ, James Dolan hires these guys. James Dolan sets the tone with how fucking wacky the Knicks PR is (Search – Richard Jefferson), the whole Fizdale firing fiasco as well as the way in which free agency was addressed were some of the worst handled front office public adressings of my lifetime.

Today is Christmas Day, one of the biggest NBA showcases of the year. The NFL is winding down and many people are getting their first view of NBA teams this season. The Knicks are not on TV to represent the biggest media market on the East coast, and that’s a problem. The Knicks of course don’t account for the entire ratings drop in the league, but if they were actually relevant this year, I believe that would make a huge difference. Obviously, this is just conjecture, but I believe it holds weight. Am I really taking time away from my family to watch the Knicks lose by 21 points to an Eastern Conference heavyweight? No way.

You blame a single worker for a misplaced nail and a site manager for a building in disrepair; when the entire city is faulty, the mayor is to blame. Unfortunately, this mayor can’t be voted out of office.

The Knicks are not relevant, and that’s on James Dolan, I don’t think it can be anymore clear. Basketball needs the Knicks to be good again. I WANT the Knicks to be good again. The people of New York deserve it.

Do you agree or disagree? Do you want The Knicks to be good again? Let me know down below!

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