Trying to stay away, Knicks owner James Dolan back in news
FILE - In this March 18, 2014, file photo, New York Knicks
owner James Dolan listens
to a question during a news conference in New York.
is the owner many Knicks
fans love to hate, the guy they blame for the team's failings.
also a wildly successful businessman bringing in money for his
companies and leagues.
So James Dolan
isn't going anywhere. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK >> Ask Knicks
fans about James Dolan
, and you might hear that hes an incompetent owner and meddlesome manager, the reason their team has plummeted to the bottom of the NBA.
Ask others, and you might hear that hes a brilliant businessman, committed to charity, and driven to make sure those same fans have the best experience possible at the games.
Only one thing is certain: Even in a season when hes taken a lower profile, Dolan
can never completely hide.
almost never shares his
thoughts about the Knicks he
hadnt taken questions from the media for about seven years before the press conference to announce Phil Jacksons hiring as president of basketball operations in March.
made it clear then that he
was giving Jackson full control and stepping back, but thats not good enough for some fans.
They have watched the Knicks
become one of the leagues sorriest franchises, blaming Dolan
for driving away a Jeremy Lin or Donnie Walsh, or keeping away Steve Kerr.
So when one longtime fan sent Dolan
a critical email, he
responded by telling the man that he
was a hateful mess, speculating that he
may be an alcoholic and telling him to go root for the Nets because the Knicks
didnt want him.
Commissioner Adam Silver didnt punish Dolan
, but said he
preferred that everyone in the league always treat others with respect.
Having said that, I think we all have had days when we wish we had not hit send on an email and that may have been one of those days for Mr. Dolan
, Silver said.
In this case, Jim
sent in response to a harsh email, a harsh response.
And its not the preferred way of communication in this league, but it happened.
The email appeared on Deadspin.com on Sunday, and within days a group of fans had set up a website called knicks4sale.com, seeking donations to erect a billboard near MSG.
Throw in a fan rally last season and a group of fans in the front row wearing paper bags over their heads during a nationally televised game against Houston, it was the latest example of how tired the fans are of Dolan
But hes not going anywhere and many around the league wouldnt want him to because hes good for business.
has turned the Knicks
into the NBAs second-most valuable franchise, according to Forbes
most recent rankings, and spent $1 billion to renovate Madison Square Garden.
Players see the Knicks
annually rack up one of the leagues highest payrolls and cant question his
desire to build a winner.
keeps many around after: More than a dozen Knicks
have received full-time jobs after their playing days in the last 15 years.
was around and you see him.
The only constant the fan website says under the header Incompetent Management, James Dolan