And now we take a moment from last night’s thrilling Game 2 win by the Mavericks to address the Knicks:
That is all.
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Dolan must go. Now!
But it will never happen.
Knicks fans curse and sigh.
Dolan is lower than sewer sludge. The obvious fear is that it clears the way for the Return of the Inebriated Tetrarch, Smiling Zeke. But the worst thing is we have to wait and hope that something bad happens to the owner in order for real change to occur, and that's when you realize basketball is not worth a damn thing...
The Knicks actually did not suck this year. But Dolan and... ugh. Will just mentioned him. I will not, cannot type his name. The front office is a near-guarantee that the future will be grim.
 James "Gowanus Canal" Dolan. Talking heads are saying that he's a billionaire and has the right to have control of his team; Donnie Walsh had no right to ask for nor expect complete authority over basketball decisions. Well, let's take a look at that. Since Dolan has taken charge or at least had input on basketball decisions, the Knicks have not had a playoff win in over ten years. He installed progressively worse executives to run basketball operations in his name until one of them embarrassed him and the organization in front of the entire world with allegations of sexual harassment and organizational misconduct and disarray. The commissioner advised (threatened?) him to hire a basketball lifer with a proven track record of success in running an organization, who quickly cleaned up the mess left by his predecessor. But as soon as things start to look good, the owner raises ticket prices for the next season even before the team gets swept from their first playoff appearance in a decade. Oh, and let's not forget the owner overruling his GM/President in making a trade for a star player and a half that basically hands over half of your starters to the other team and basically zeroes your bench (progress!) despite virtually everyone in the league stating you're about to get gypped.
Explain to me how this doesn't apply to the hockey team you also own who plays in the same building, where your GM sleeps in his office while his team's playoff appearances and exits are similar to the tides. Oh, and what standard are we setting in sports in general when in one sport you have had several owners removed from authority "for the good of the game" (Marge Schott, Charlie O. Finley, George Steinbrenner) while in another you have racist dullards who virtually neglect their organizations (Donald Sterling) thriving under willful neglect from someone regarded as the most powerful man in sports (Stern)?
I'm sure my logic has gone off in a weird direction somewhere, but the point is, it's hypocritical to say that someone like Dolan can do whatever he wants because he owns the team, then advocate for the removal of another owner in another sport who does many of the same things. Both teams are being run into the ground, but what's the difference, really? Does one have more moral responsibility to their fans than the others? Is it a matter of fiduciary responsibility to their leagues? What?
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