HoopsHype James Dolan rumors

March 2, 2014 Updates

This is about the record of what has happened to the Knicks since the ’90s, since a wounded team nearly made it back to the Finals in the spring of 2000, losing to the Pa cers. You know what the Knicks did in the previous decade. And in the 13 seasons since Dolan became the big boss of the place, the Knicks’ record, through Friday night’s embarrassment against the Warriors at home is 432-595. They have gone from the ’90s to that, to being 163 games under .500, to winning one playoff series — one — since first Checketts and then Van Gundy were gone. You would call them the New York Cavaliers, except that even the Cavaliers have been better in this time, overall, because they had LeBron when he was young and he took them to the NBA Finals in 2007. New York Daily News

The only time the Knicks didn’t make it past the first round of the playoffs was Van Gundy’s last full season coaching, in 2000-01. Marcus Camby’s sister was abducted in the middle of the first round against the Raptors, Camby was never the same once he returned to the team, and the Knicks lost in five. James L. Dolan asked Checketts to leave after that season, Van Gundy resigned 19 games into the next season, feeling he would be asked to leave when the season was over. For those 10 years, with Checketts in charge of basketball at the Garden and Riley and Van Gundy coaching (with a 34-25 stint by Don Nelson in between), the Knicks had a regular season record of 495-293, which is 202 games over .500. They went to the Finals twice, the conference finals two more times, and the conference semifinals five other times. And you know that for so much of it they were going up against Michael Jordan in his prime. You know what has happened since. New York Daily News

February 22, 2014 Updates

A Staten Island teenager was arrested for allegedly threatening New York Knicks owner James Dolan. As WCBS 880's Irene Cornell reported Friday, 19-year-old John Giamella was arrested and hauled into court on a charge of aggravated harassment for allegedly making threats online against Dolan. He said of the Knicks owner in his email postings, “it’s officially time to die — I really hate James Dolan.” CBS New York

As part of a sting operation, local FBI, Louisiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies arrested four men and 22 adult women on various prostitution-related charges during the NBA All-Star weekend (Feb. 15-16), authorities said. The men are accused of operating as pimps. Police and federal agents said they also rescued one juvenile girl identified through the Innocence Lost Database as having been sexually exploited since she was 14-years-old. New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 17, 2014 Updates

The topic was the "Multi-Device Experience," with a seven-person group that included Twitter COO Ali Rowghani, TBS President David Levy and Cablevision President James Dolan, who also owns the New York Knicks, discussing the newest ways of the technology world. It was the first of four hours that Bosh would spend making connections that could come in handy when his playing days are over, and the fact that he stayed alert and engaged throughout on four hours of sleep was a testament to both his curiosity and the uniqueness of the opportunity that he was taking advantage of. "It's great to hit the reset button a little bit, get away from the team, get away from the practice a little bit, and just be around events like this with so many great minds, great people in business," Bosh said. "A lot of guys here are interested in growing the brand of the NBA and spreading basketball everywhere. You can come here, share ideas, kind of get on the same page, see where it's going, where it's been and everything that is happening right now. "There are guys like the chairman of Qualcomm and the chairman of Samsung and marketing advisers. ... You can get in your own customized lane and see how you want to do it. You build relationships. It's great." USA Today Sports

February 13, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: James Dolan WANTS to keep Woody rest of season. Does NOT want to make change now. But losses to Bucks & Kings leading into break ... ouch Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

February 9, 2014 Updates

Mike Woodson believes he will still be coaching the Knicks after the All-Star break but also seems resigned to the fact that he won't coach the team beyond this season. Woodson revealed that his theme recently to the players is that he's a "big boy" and can deal with the consequences of a season that has fallen far short of James Dolan's expectations of championship or bust. New York Daily News

"They know it's dangling," Woodson told reporters early Sunday. "My theme to our players is that 'Woodson's a big boy. He's been around the block a few times.' It's a part of the business if it happens. It's never been about me. You got to worry about the makeup of your team and how you’re competing on the practice floor and when you take it to the court. That's what counts. The coach plays a major role but at the end of the day the players have to be the guys that play at a high level." New York Daily News

February 8, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony said he met with Knicks owner James Dolan after Thursday’s loss to the Trail Blazers, but claimed it didn’t revolve around coach Mike Woodson’s job status. And they had tea. “I hope I can meet with the owners sometimes,’’ Anthony said. “I met with him. It wasn’t nothing serious. Just a generic conversation, just talking. I had tea. He had tea. That’s it. We didn’t get into details about anything. Just a conversation we had.’’ New York Post

But Anthony praised Woodson, who again is on thin ice. Anthony indicated the players have to stop squawking about game plans, and start executing them and playing harder. “We got to help him, too,’’ Anthony said after the Knicks crushed the Nuggets at the Garden, 117-90. “He’s the coach. He has his focus, his game plan and schemes. We got to go out there and execute that. We can’t fight that. We have to do that. Sometimes our inconsistencies come from not playing hard. Not bringing the energy and the little things on the basketball court to win. Some nights we do. Some nights we don’t.’’ New York Post

February 7, 2014 Updates

James Dolan’s visit to the Knicks’ locker room late Wednesday included a high-level meeting with Carmelo Anthony and at least one other player to discuss the state of the club and whether a coaching change is necessary, the Daily News has learned. According to a team source, Dolan is obviously troubled by the Knicks’ 19-30 record and is contemplating removing head coach Mike Woodson. The Knick hierarchy is divided on whether Woodson has lost the locker room and the chairman of Madison Square Garden was wise to take the temperature of the franchise player. Dolan, though, also runs the risk of alienating Anthony if the public perception is that the All-Star forward, who is extremely sensitive to the notion that he is a “coach killer,” is at all responsible for running Woodson out of town. New York Daily News

January 22, 2014 Updates

No team has benefited more than the New York Knicks. The NBA’s most valuable team for a second straight year, the Knicks are now worth $1.4 billion, up 27% from a year ago. A three-year, $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden pushed the Knicks’ revenue to $287 million, net of revenue sharing, last season. The Knicks’ average TV rating on the MSG Network was 3.1, up 71% from the previous season, as the team made the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000 (both the Knicks and MSG are owned by publicly traded Madison Square Garden Company). The playoff run and arena renovation helped the Knicks generate operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $96 million–a record for an NBA franchise. Forbes.com

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But according to a source, Smith got on Dolan’s bad side days earlier for his response — both privately and publicly — to the club releasing Smith’s younger brother, Chris. The Smith brothers were called into a meeting with Woodson and team president Steve Mills and informed of the move. The elder Smith did not take the news well and expressed his frustration first behind closed doors and then via Instagram when he referred to being betrayed. New York Daily News

Dolan did not appreciate the post, especially since he signed Chris Smith to a $500,000 guaranteed contract just months after signing J.R. Smith to a three-year deal worth approximately $18 million. Smith’s behavior on the road trip ranged from bizarre to embarrassing, accentuated by his decision to shoot a 3-pointer in a loss to Houston with the game tied and the shot clock turned off. New York Daily News

A source said Dolan was disappointed at J.R. Smith’s “betrayal’’ instragram after shelling out — including luxury tax penalties — $2.1 million for Chris Smith, whom most scouts believe is a D-League talent. Most people who cross Dolan never get back in his good graces, but it’s unclear if this constitutes irreparable damage. Smith said after the Miami game he’s unsure of his future with the franchise as the club can trade him starting Wednesday under a quirk in the collective bargaining agreement, but his three-year, $19 million pact is very likely untradeable. The Knicks are capable at shooting guard with improving Iman Shumpert and impressive rookie Tim Hardaway Jr., but could need Smith’s potential explosiveness down the road. New York Post

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