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Friday, July 3, 2020

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James Dolan explains what Charles Oakley must do to have ban lifted

James Dolan

New York Knicks owner James Dolan conducted a radio interview on Friday to address many of the topics that were part of the fallout from a highly-publicized incident that resulted in the arrest of former team forward Charles Oakley on Wednesday night.

During his interview with “The Michael Kay Show” on YES, Dolan confirmed that Oakley has been banned from MSG, but the ban is only temporary.

“It’s not necessarily a lifetime ban. The most important thing is we need to keep the Garden a place that is comfortable and safe,” Dolan said on ESPN radio. “Anyone that comes to the Garden, too much alcohol, is looking for a fight and being abusive is going to get banned.

“Hopefully, it won’t be forever.”

Dolan laid out what Oakley must do in order to get back in good standing with the Knicks, which would lead to him being honored by the franchise and allowed back in Madison Square Garden.

“There’s nothing that would make me happier,” Dolan said of lifting the ban. All we need is for Charles to address these behaviors. He was a great Knick. He should be up there and being recognized, but this behavior … until he fixes that, it won’t happen.”

So there it is: Dolan confirmed that Oakley is temporarily banned from MSG because of his conduct, which included assaulting security guards. Oakley believes that he was set up by security.

In the interview, Dolan also addressed his status as a disliked owner and used the difficult New York market as his defense.

Dolan said he stays out of basketball affairs and lets team president Phil Jackson do his thing. When asked about the poor performance of the team, Dolan deflected blame and told fans to direct their anger towards Jackson.

Dolan’s interview on Friday will do little to change the opinion of fans, who have sided with Oakley, who remains a beloved figure in New York. Oakley has also had the support of many famous people, as evidenced here.

James Dolan subject of joke at legends brunch over email response to fan

James-DolanKnicks owner James Dolan recently found himself in the news because of an unpleasant email he sent to a long time fan of the team in which he told a man to root for the Nets. Not surprisingly, as word of his interaction with the fan spread, the response to it was met with widespread criticism.

While Dolan hasn’t issued an apology for the email, he has attempted to put the situation behind him and move forward. Despite trying, the inappropriate email came up at an event during NBA’s All-Star weekend, as the subject of a joke.

During the NBA Legends Brunch, TNT’s Ernie Johnson drew a laugh from the audience by saying, “I just got the craziest email from Jim Dolan” as he reached into his coat pocket, according to the New York Post.

Eventually, this will blow over and be old news. For now, it’s still fresh enough in the minds of people that James Dolan may find himself the subject of jokes for the time being. Unfortunately, his team has received similar treatment over the last decade or so.

Charles Oakley goes off on Knicks owner James Dolan

Phil-Jackson-Charles-Oakley-KnicksWhenever Knicks legend Charles Oakley wants to see his old team at Madison Square Garden, he finds his tickets on StubHub. That’s because the team’s owner won’t even acknowledge his existence.

Oakley, regarded as the heart and soul of the Knicks during his 10-year run in New York, was at Times Square Knickerbocker Hotel Wednesday for a press conference for Zipway (a company belonging to his former teammate John Starks). During his time with the media, Oakley talked about his relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan.

Oakley told the media that Dolan ignored him when they were introduced at the NBA All-Star game last year. Oakley even went as far as asking commissioner Adam Silver to set up a meeting with Dolan.

“I asked the commissioner to set up a meeting with (Dolan), take a step forward,” Oakley said via Christian Red of the New York Daily News. “I want to know what I did to be hated so bad by an owner. The dad (Charles Dolan), I never heard him say nothing bad about me. I asked players I played with to go talk with (James Dolan). He said he don’t want to deal with me.”

Why might Dolan be upset with Oakley?

“He said (that) I said something in the paper 15 years ago,” Oakley told WFAN’s Boomer & Carton. “I even asked the commissioner to set up a meeting. I said we’ll get all the articles. I said, ‘What have I said?’ … I’ll come on the air and clear it up.”

This is not the first time we have heard Oakley complain about his relationship with his former team; in 2012, he whined about being unable to get a job with the franchise.

There are two sides to every story, so we would be curious to hear Dolan’s reasoning. Regardless, this is a bad look for Dolan, who is already in one mess this week after berating a long-time fan via email. Plus, fans are steaming over the Knicks’ league-worst 10-43 record this season. After this mess, there might be a lot of cheap tickets on StubHub for Oakley, or anyone else, to buy.

James Dolan insults lifelong Knicks fan in email, tells him to root for Nets

New York Knicks owner Dolan listens as newly hired president of basketball operations Walsh speaks during a news conference in New York

A Knicks fan of over 60 years probably wasn’t expecting a response when he fired off an email to team owner James Dolan imploring him to sell off the franchise. While the desired result was not achieved, Dolan perfectly illustrated Irving Bierman’s complaints in his angry missive.

Bierman’s son, Aaron, released the email exchange between his dad and Dolan to Deadspin. Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck later confirmed the authenticity of the emails.

Besides the Isiah Thomas debacle, the elder Bierman cited the lowball offer to head coaching candidate Steve Kerr as the latest in a string of Dolan’s “utterly STUPID business things with the franchise.”

Subject: I have been a knicks fan since 1952

At one stage I thought that you did a wonderful thing when you acquired EVERYTHING from your dad. However, since then it has been ALL DOWN HILL. Your working with Isaiah Thomas & everything else regarding the Knicks. Bringing on Phil Jackson was a positive beginning, but lowballing Steve Kerr was a DISGRACE to the knicks. The bottom line is that you merely continued to interfere with the franchise.

As a knicks fan for in excess of 60 years, I am utterly embarrassed by your dealings with the Knicks. Sell them so their fans can at least look forward to growing them in a positive direction Obviously, money IS NOT THE ONLY THING. You have done a lot of utterly STUPID business things with the franchise. Please NO MORE.

Respectfully,

[Aaron Bierman’s dad]

And now for Dolan’s reply, which Knicks PR staffers are likely wishing they had a chance to nix before it was ever sent.

Mr Bierman,

You are a sad person. Why would anybody write such a hateful letter. I am.just guessing but ill bet your life is a mess and you are a hateful mess. What have you done that anyone would consider positive or nice. I am betting nothing. In fact ill bet you are negative force in everyone who comes in contact with you. You most likely have made your family miserable. Alcoholic maybe. I just celebrated my 21 year anniversary of sobriety. You should try it. Maybe it will help you become a person that folks would like to have around. In the mean while start rooting.for the Nets because the Knicks dont want you.

Respectfully

James Dolan

Typos aside, it’s pretty bizarre that Dolan questions why anyone would write a hateful letter and then proceeds to demean Bierman over his next six sentences. But it’s not like this is the first time we have seen an executive castigate a fan recently.

Will Dolan’s insults be enough to chase this lifelong fan away? Not so, according to ESPN New York’s Ian Begley. Those fans are loyal!

Warriors cautioned Steve Kerr about working for James Dolan

Steve KerrNew York Knicks owner James Dolan hired Phil Jackson so he could yield to an expert. Jackson has been given total control of New York’s basketball operations department, which means Dolan shouldn’t be stepping on any toes going forward. Steve Kerr may not be convinced of that.

Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com is reporting that one of the pitches the Golden State Warriors made to Kerr had to do with the difficulty of working under Dolan. A source “familiar with the process” reportedly told Begley that the Warriors reminded Kerr of how established coaches like Larry Brown and Mike D’Antoni fared with the Knicks and that played a role in Kerr’s decision to choose Golden State.

Kerr’s agent Mike Tannenbaum emphasized the importance of Kerr remaining close to his family.

“Both Golden State and the Knicks were terrific to deal with, and they both made very generous offers,” Tannenbaum said. “This wasn’t a decision about money, or trying to get the last dollar. In the end, for Steve, this was based on lifestyle and family. That was a huge, huge factor in choosing Golden State. Now his family is a short flight away, and that was an extremely important thing for Steve.”

As with any major career decision, I’m sure Kerr considered a number of factors. Reports that he wanted to remain on the West Coast to be closer to his daughter obviously were not overblown, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he also wanted to avoid Dolan. At the end of the day, Dolan still owns the Knicks. As long as that’s the case, there’s always a risk of his influence harming the franchise.

Report: James Dolan blocking Phil Jackson from certain moves

Phil JacksonPhil Jackson took over the New York Knicks’ basketball operations department just over a month ago, and there could already be trouble in paradise. As expected, Jackson fired head coach Mike Woodson and most of his staff earlier this week. More moves are expected within the organization over the next several months. That is, if team owner James Dolan will allow them.

The NY Daily News reported on Tuesday that Jackson has already “clashed” with Dolan over personnel decisions. Dolan, who admitted last month that he is not a basketball expert, apparently disagrees with Jackson’s desire to remove certain employees and has told him to focus his efforts on building a winning team.

When Jackson signed a five-year, $60 million contract and became the highest-paid executive in the league, the assumption was that he would be given an opportunity to change the culture of the Knicks organization — not just the team’s roster.

As the Daily News noted, long-time assistant coach Herb Williams was one of the coaches fired on Monday. Shortly after, a report surfaced indicating the team would “encourage” its next head coach to bring Williams back. Considering Jackson decided to fire him along with Woodson, that makes little sense. Unless, of course, Dolan is the person responsible for the report.

“There are a lot of good people at the Garden and a lot of good people that travel with the team, but if Phil wants to start fresh why wouldn’t you allow him to do that?” a Knicks employee reportedly told the Daily News.

Earlier this week, ESPN New York’s Ian Begley reported that Jackson has been vocal about his disappointment with some of the Knicks’ players conditioning this past season. That has led to speculation that people within the team’s medical and training staff could lose their jobs, which could be one of the issues Jackson and Dolan are not seeing eye-to-eye with.

Jackson made it very clear that he would not have accepted the Knicks job without full control. We know Dolan has a history of vetoing decisions and not allowing the people he hires to work independently. Jackson is not going to allow himself to become just another Dolan employee.

James Dolan: ‘I am by no means an expert in basketball’

James-DolanThe New York Knicks officially introduced Phil Jackson as the newest member of the organization on Tuesday, and with that team owner James Dolan took the opportunity to say a few words. Dolan was honest, though I’m not sure his comments are going to sit well with Knicks fans like the ones who have organized a protest for Wednesday night outside Madison Square Garden.

“I am by no means a basketball expert,” Dolan told reporters, via a video that Deadspin shared. “I’m a fan, but my expertise lies in managing companies and businesses.”

Most Knicks fans would agree with that assessment, but there have been plenty of instances where Dolan has involved himself in the day-to-day basketball operations of the team. He has tried to make roster decisions without consulting his basketball people, which makes little sense when you take Thursday’s comments into consideration.

“I think I’m a little out of my element when it comes to the team,” Dolan said. “I found myself in a position where I needed to be more a part of the decision making for a while. It wasn’t necessarily something that I wanted to do, but as chairman of the company felt obligated to do. I’m happy now that we have a team of Phil and Steve (Mills) to do that.”

Simply put, Dolan was admitting his mistakes. He thought he could handle making basketball decisions the same way a lot of fans think they could do the same, but Dolan was wrong. Will Knicks fans forgive him? Not until the team can sustain success, but you have to admire the honesty.