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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Articles tagged: James Dolan

Knicks have Mike Woodson followed by MSG employee everywhere he goes

Mike WoodsonWe knew that James Dolan was a meddling, whimsical and borderline creepy owner, but this just confirms it.

According to the New York Daily News, Dolan has an MSG employee follow Knicks coach Mike Woodson everywhere he goes.

Here’s a nugget from an article Frank Isola published Wednesday night:

Woodson also allows himself to be followed by a Garden employee everywhere he goes, whether it’s at home games or on the road. Last season, the employee wouldn’t leave Woodson’s side as the coach met with family and friends outside the visiting team locker room in Atlanta. It was an awkward and uncomfortable scene.

This shouldn’t be a surprise; Larry Brown complained about Dolan having spies on him when he coached the team in the 2005-2006 season. Of course, Woodson played and coached for Brown, so he was well aware of what he was getting into when he accepted the position.

But let’s look at this whole thing. So Dolan has an employee follow Woodson. He had Knicks dancers stop performing at home games because of how the team’s been doing. He fired then re-hired a security guard who didn’t know who he was. And he had Carmelo Anthony bugged last season after the whole incident with Kevin Garnett. Big Brother is watching, apparently.

Playing for those Knicks, man, sounds like a real blast. And who needs George Steinbrenner when James Dolan is around?

H/T Beyond the Buzzer

James Dolan reportedly furious after latest Knicks loss, wants dancers to stop dancing

James-DolanNew York Knicks owner James Dolan is not going to wait very long for his team to turn things around before making rash decisions. According to the NY Daily News, Dolan was “ready to erupt” on Sunday night after the Knicks gave up 40 points in the first quarter and eventually dug themselves into a 23-point hole during a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. At one point, he got up and left his courtside seat.

If this continues, we may eventually have to deal with the beautiful Knicks dancers becoming nothing more than human T-shirt cannons.

Dolan has become such a hands-on owner — figuratively speaking — that, according to a source, he doesn’t want the dancers dancing. Crazy, right? The same guy who wanted creative input on the dancers’ outfits (and he’s good at it) apparently ordered that the girls’ roles be reduced to mostly throwing T-shirts into the crowd. They performed maybe one routine on Sunday.

Why? No one seems to know, except the standard answer is usually “that’s Dolan.”

This is bad new for everyone. The Knicks are off to a 1-2 start and have 79 games left to play. Apparently Dolan has no intention of being patient this year. He said before the season started that he expects to win a championship this year, and it looks like he wasn’t joking.

The Daily News added that Dolan tracked down Knicks general manager and team president Steve Mills to give him an earful about how poorly the team has been playing. Mills may not be to blame, but he should take one for the team in this instance. Nobody wants to see the dancers run out of Madison Square Garden.

H/T Deadspin

New York Knicks owner James Dolan reportedly wanted to trade Iman Shumpert

Iman-ShumpertThe New York Knicks have been criticized for making poor front office decisions over the past several decades, which is one of the reasons they have not won an NBA title since the 1970s. They came close in the 1990s with Patrick Ewing, but there always seemed to be one or two moves they made or didn’t make that kept them from going all the way.

The Knicks have shown signs of improvement in recent years, but according to Stephen A. Smith owner James Dolan recently wanted to make a move that would have stunted their growth. As Deadspin pointed out, Azaz of the Knicks Fan Blog dig up a video where someone somehow hacked into the behind-the-scenes feed between Stephen A. Smith and Dwight Howard during their recent interview. At one point, Stephen A. brought up the subject of Iman Shumpert.

“And by the way, [James] Dolan was ready to trade [Shumpert] because he didn’t want to work out in the summer league,” Stephen A. told Howard. “Dolan’s talking about trading him. I said, “trade who? You better hold on to that boy. You better not lose Iman Shumpert.’ That boy can play.”

Assuming Smith is telling the truth and putting aside the fact that he’s trying to make it sound like he’s responsible for the Knicks keeping Shumpert, that would have been a dumb move. Shumpert probably wouldn’t bring much in a trade, and the 23-year-old has become a valuable swing man who gives New York much-needed depth.

Dolan should probably stick to spying on his own players and let his basketball guys handle the roster decisions.

James Dolan could hardly bear to watch the Knicks’ Game 4 disaster

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New York Knicks owner James Dolan was so disgusted by his team’s 93-82 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night that he had that look on his face. Look at him slumped over to the side in his chair with his hand covering his face. Dolan was sitting in a luxury suite but he was not looking too luxurious.

Dolan also apparently did not want to speak with the media after the game as he was understandably upset with his team falling to down 3-1 in the series. Sacramento Bee reporter Dale Kasler says Dolan actually apologized for blowing off the media, saying he was just cranky that the Knicks lost. When your team shoots 35.6 percent from the field and Carmelo Anthony, JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Kenyon Martin combine to go 16-55 (29 percent), you’re bound to be cranky.

Photo via World Wide Wob/The Knicks Wall
H/T @CJZero

James Dolan reportedly fired and rehired security guard who didn’t know who he was

James-DolanNew York Knicks owner James Dolan must have quite an ego. In fact, he thinks so highly of himself that someone recently almost lost their job for not knowing who he was.

According to the NY Post, Dolan was walking into Madison Square Garden’s Delta Sky 360 Club during Sunday’s game against the Boston Celtics when security guard Fiordaliza Hernandez stopped him and asked him for his ID. Dolan apparently never wears the badge since he pretty much runs the show, and he was reportedly offended that Hernandez didn’t know who he was.

“Do you know who I am?” Dolan reportedly snapped at the employee.

Hernandez then admitted that she did not recognize him, at which point Dolan told her he was his boss and paid her salary. He then asked her how long she had been working there, to which she responded “three years.”

“Give me your ID!” Dolan reportedly exclaimed. “You’re fired!

“I have to get new security in this building! I have idiots working here!”

Thankfully, Dolan reconsidered after cooling off, and Hernandez was supposedly back at her post on Monday night when the New York Rangers played the Winnipeg Jets. Perhaps somebody was in a bad mood when their ego went on a rampage. Unless he’s taking all of his employees out to a company dinner, I don’t see any reason why they should have to recognize him by face. If anything, he should have been pleased that the woman was doing her job by asking people who were entering the exclusive club to present their ID.

Then again, this is James Dolan. Firing an employee for not recognizing him wouldn’t be the strangest thing he has done this season.

H/T Deadspin

Knicks owner reportedly recorded every word Carmelo Anthony said during game after Kevin Garnett incident

Carmelo-Anthony-KnicksNew York Knicks owner James Dolan is reportedly interested in getting an up-close look at how his biggest superstar carries himself on the court during games. How close? According to Dave D’Alessandro of the Star-Ledger, Dolan ordered audio technicians to record every word that Carmelo Anthony said during New York’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

Either by coincidence or not, it was the game after ‘Melo returned from serving a one-game suspension stemming from the altercation he had with Kevin Garnett.

Here’s what D’Alessandro reported in the Star-Ledger:

Two audio technicians were stationed at two corners of the court — one a few feet just behind the Knicks bench, the other diagonally opposite — and they were holding those umbrella-shaped contraptions known as parabola microphones, which fed the audio into a DAT recorder on the truck on the loading dock.

These guys had one directive from Dolan: Record every syllable Carmelo Anthony utters and absorbs while he’s on the court and on the bench, the Madison Square Garden CEO ordered them, and send the tape directly to me.

No one knows what Dolan’s motivation was behind the bizarre idea. D’Allesandro speculates that he could use the recordings to teach Anthony about controlling his temper on the court. He also wondered if they could be used to prove to the NBA that ‘Melo is a constant target of taunting from opposing players.

In all likelihood, this is an in-house matter and the public will never know the details. That doesn’t make it any less fun to speculate.

H/T Game On!

Isiah Thomas reportedly met with James Dolan

Isiah Thomas will not go away. The New York Post reports that the Hall of Famer player and former Knicks coach/GM met with Knicks owner James Dolan for a business meeting on Friday.

Ready to cringe, Knicks fans? It sounds like Isiah wants back in with the organization.

The Post reports that the meeting between Dolan and Thomas took place two days after MSG’s president resigned. While Thomas may not be aiming for the vacant position, the former president reportedly was against the Knicks rehiring Isiah, so that could explain the timing of the meeting.

Thomas was fired by Florida International in April after three unsuccessful seasons as the basketball team’s head coach. He coached the Knicks to back-to-back dismal seasons from 2006-2008 when they went 56-108. That poor stint as a coach was preceded by three years as a Knicks exec in which the team had the second-worst record and highest payroll in the league, a truly rare feat. On top of all that, Thomas cost his company over $11 million because of a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Yet, despite all this, Thomas has had input with the franchise even when he was not an official team employee. Knicks fans better hope Dolan doesn’t bring Thomas back in any capacity.