I… just read the whole thing. The Isiah stuff is certainly going to really ring the media’s cherries (Isiah Day! Again! Yay!), but there are 3-4 other gobsmacking/downright weird things that James Dolan says in his interview with Mike Vaccaro of the NY Post.
This may be a tad hyperbolic, but from now till the end of time, November 22nd will no longer be known as the day JFK was shot, it is the day we actually got to peer inside the mind of the least self-aware, most blindingly self-indulgent billionaire/shitty musician on the planet. All emphasis is mine. Enjoy.
MV: How patient will you be with him? He understood when he took the job the expectations that go with it. Will you give him a long rope?
JD: I have a lot of confidence in Woodson, and one thing I can say about Mike is he has the respect of all the players. They all respect him. And he treats them fairly and relatively equally, and that’s part of where the respect emanates from. And those are hard things to get from a coach. When a coach loses a team … that’s when a coach is kind of done.
MV: You’ve shown tolerance as an owner; [GM] Glen Sather had a lot of empty years with the Rangers before he showed success. Do you feel you’re more patient than an average owner?
JD: I really don’t compare myself with other owners. I’ll bet you I’m more patient than Mikhail [Prokhorov] is of his team. Mostly, I think it does not pay to be impatient, because you destabilize your team. It’s not like the players don’t want to win, it’s not like the owner doesn’t want to win; everybody wants to win, so it’s a question of: Can you get there? With Mike, I think he can get us there. Mostly, I think Carmelo [Anthony] can get us there, and the other players can get us there, they’re going to have to jell and I think Mike can do a lot to get that to happen. Because he has their respect.
THAT’S FUNNY, MR. DOLAN. YOU’RE NOT SO MUCH ‘PATIENT’ AS WILLFULLY STUBBORN, BUT IF YOU WANT TO THINK SO, GO RIGHT AHEAD. ALSO, WAY TO BRING UP PROKHOROV WHEN HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE QUESTION, SAVE FOR YOUR OWN WEIRD, NON-EXISTENT RIVALRY/OBSESSION WITH ONE OF THE FEW DUDES THAT’S RICHER THAN YOU ARE. HAHAHAHAHAHA
MV: So this bad start …
JD: It’s going right according to plan (laughs) …
JD: You are not what you own.
OH GOOD. I REALLY WANT TO GET WATERED-DOWN FIGHT CLUB-ISH LIFE ADVICE FROM JAMES DOLAN. THAT’S EXACLY WHAT I WAS HOPING FOR IN THIS INTERVIEW. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
MV: A few days before training camp you changed general managers; why do that so close to the start of camp? Did something change from the start of summer to the end?
JD: I didn’t time it, per se, like that. I’m surprised other folks were surprised about this. The general manager’s work doesn’t really occur at that time of year. If you’re going to change general managers that’s probably the right time to do it.
YES. THAT MAKES TOTAL SENSE. CHANGE GM’S RIGHT BEFORE CAMP. YOU KNOW, AFTER THE GM YOU THINK ISN’T UP TO THE JOB HAS ALREADY BUILT THIS YEAR’S TEAM. GREAT IDEA, BOSS. LIKE YOU SAID, EVERYTHING IS GOING ACCORDING TO THE PLAN. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
MV: For Knicks fans there’s one word that riles their passion more than any other: Isiah.
JD: Amazing, isn’t it?
MV: And you surely know the panic that ensues when a Glen Grunwald gets fired and people wonder, “Is Isiah coming back?”
JD: I can’t control what’s in other people’s minds. I can tell you that he’s a friend of mine. We speak, but not as often as we used to because he’s really involved in other things now. We’ll message back and forth once in a while. We used to talk a lot more often. He seems to be moving into another phase of his life, he’s not as basketball-centric, he’s doing a lot of charity work, he got his masters [in education, from Cal-Berkeley], he actually uses me to bounce business ideas off of …
MV: Do you still consult him, too, about basketball ideas?
JD: Not really. For Isiah, I don’t know that he’ll ever be able to work in New York. I just don’t know that he’ll ever get a fair shake, going forward in New York?
MV: Do you think that’s unfair? He did lose a lot of games here.
JD: He lost a lot of games! OK. Do I think he deserves another shot? Yeah. It just can’t be here. And I think he’s talented. I think he’s particularly talented at finding basketball talent. But I think he’s probably dismayed at this point. But I don’t see him coming back to New York. I couldn’t do that to him, and I couldn’t do that to the organization. He would probably do it as my friend but I couldn’t do it to him or his family.
WELL, ISN’T THAT NICE OF MR. DOLAN, PUTTING ZEKE’S FAMILY FIRST. MIGHT NOT BE THE BEST TIME TO BRING THIS UP, BUT THIS IS THE SAME ISIAH THOMAS THAT ATTEMPTED TO PUBLICLY BLAME HIS DAUGHTER FOR HIS OWN POSSIBLE OVERDOSE. AND YES, HE CERTAINLY DID LOSE A LOT OF GAMES. HE ALSO COST YOUR ORGANIZATION MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BECAUSE HE WAS SEXUALLY HARASSING ANOTHER EMPLOYEE OF YOURS AND HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA /dies.
That’s an amazing get by Vacc. It would’ve been nice if he could’ve asked about Jeremy Lin, but I’m sure there were certain topics that were deemed off limits. I’m also going to assume that half of the questions had to be about music, which was smart, since it seemed to loosen up our beloved-dictator-for-life, such that he’d wax poetic about matters of greater import to you or I. The piece closes with some talk about the Rangers and some fairly detailed chatter about the glorious future of the Knicks City Dancers, because of course it does. This is… I have no words. We’re so deep down the rabbit hole that we may never emerge, no matter how many inaccurately-labeled concoctions we imbibe.
Like Samuel Beckett wrote, “We are all born mad; some remain so.”