The attraction of Phil Jackson running the New York Knicks was he would bring a sensibility to the organization that often didn’t exist. Whether you agreed or disagreed with the moves Jackson made through the pre-firing Derek Fisher portion of his tenure, his presence became easier to accept because of a level of stability. The team owned by James Dolan was going along in a rational manner. They didn’t return much value for Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith, but you could see a level of logic behind both trades. Despite it taking longer than it should have – …continue reading
Morning, gang. I’m excited to report that I posted my first piece for Hardwood Paroxysm today. It deals, as you might expect, with the seemingly impending Phil Jackson hire, why it probably won’t work, and why it still might work. Here’s some of it: Where some billionaires buy art or cars or pricey new gadgets, Dolan buys Big Names. They are his vanity pieces. Their success and creativity qualifies them as things worthy of his possession, even his desire, but like any good vanity piece, they…well, it’s right there in the name. When that same success and creativity stop serving …continue reading
A Wednesday night Hawks-Knicks early-season game is typically not a game either Knicks fans or Hawks fans too mark down on their calendars as a must-watch before the season starts. However, Knicks owner James Dolan made things interesting when he guaranteed a Knicks victory over the Hawks after the Knicks were torn apart by the San Antonio Spurs. The Knicks have lost four of their last five contests and Tyson Chandler is going to miss significant time, but Dolan is confident his team is walking out of Atlanta with a victory. Trying to decipher why Dolan guaranteed a victory over …continue reading
Jared Zwerling, one of Bleacher Report’s newest NBA writers, reported yesterday that the Knicks’ shocking decision to relieve Glenn Grunwald of his role earlier this week is, potentially, good news for former Knick and current assistant general manager Allan Houston. According to Zwerling and his sources, the Knicks are likely grooming Houston to eventually take over for new GM Steve Mills in a couple of years. This wouldn’t be a tremendous shock, considering Houston is the current Assistant GM, though that doesn’t make the abrupt Grunwald firing any less bizarre. One of the sources Zwerling cites in the piece had …continue reading
This time it didn’t take a sexual harassment suit. He didn’t have to set the franchise back half a decade. Nor did one of James Dolan’s execs talk him out of it. This time the NBA front office stepped in, deeming Isiah Thomas’ dual role as FIU coach and Knicks consultant as a conflict of interest. Thomas has resigned from the Knicks (phew!) and Knicks owner James Dolan will have to find another way to pursue his man crush. Ironically it was other teams who helped make this happen. According to the Post’s Marc Berman: At least two NBA owners …continue reading
It can’t be real, can it? It just can’t. Even though the last month of gossip, hearsay, false leads, misdirection should certainly have taught we intrepid fans that just because something appears in print (or online or via that evil tormentor, twitter), that doesn’t make it even vaguely approaching the truth. But like that hep cat Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Never were trued words uttered. Because I clearly can’t learn the lesson above and neither can Guitar Jimmy Dolan. Take a look: http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/news/story?id=5369726&campaign=rss&source=NEWYORKHeadlines So pardon me whilst I completely freak …continue reading
According to multiple sources (who, let’s face it, are most likely all just quoting the same original source), the Knicks are a James Dolan signature away from waiving Stephon Marbury (with the only obstacle being Dolan’s perhaps unwillingness to pay Marbury $21 million to play for another team this year).