HoopsHype James Dolan rumors

March 11, 2014 Updates
March 10, 2014 Updates

But the payroll starting two summers from now is the NBA version of a blank canvas (only $12.6 million committed salary at present with a salary cap of $58.6 million and a luxury tax threshold of $71.7 million), and the chance for impact players to flock to New York and follow Phil's lead would help immensely so long as he can avoid all the infamous pitfalls that always come with working for owner James Dolan. In a recent interview with USA TODAY Sports, Jackson alluded to these sorts of opportunities when he said, "There are winners and losers in the NBA, and a lot of people are trying to reclaim their position or change their culture." If he was talking about Dolan's Knicks, he was being overly generous. USA Today Sports

Jackson is probably contemplating how much time he wants to spend in New York, away from his fiancée Jeanie Buss, the co-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, and away from West Coast. Take Jackson's personal situation and the Knicks' history, you wonder if this is really the job Jackson wants. This could just all be an early spring flirtation with Jackson angling for something bigger and a little closer to home. USA Today Sports

Now, the Knicks are negotiating a front-office deal with Phil Jackson. He's pushing for a monumental salary, understanding the leverage his Knicks championship roots and 11 NBA titles as a coach give him in a courtship gone public. One more famous name punches the code into Dolan's Garden ATM, with full understanding the transaction fee is a guarantee of a most unhappy ending. "Nobody will ever have full autonomy," a high-ranking league official told Yahoo Sports. "Donnie had it in his deal, and when he questioned it, it was, 'See you later.' " Yahoo! Sports

Respected officials doubt his desire to spend the necessary time evaluating talent, constructing a staff beyond those indebted cronies forever at his NBA side. They wonder about his commitment to investing time into the small, mundane assignments that are necessary to turning a loser into a contender. How much time will Jackson even spend in New York? The Knicks are low on draft picks and assets, long on bad contracts and bad knees. For even the most elite of front-office executives, this is a challenging job – never mind a 68-year-old who'll find little of the adulation of championship-level coaching, and far more the criticism and second-guessing that comes with a rebuild. Yahoo! Sports

Eventually, Jackson will want to explain himself – defend his mistakes, revel in his successes, whatever – and that'll be the beginning of the end for him. Won't matter if he's winning, or losing: The wall of silence at the Garden trumps everything – sellouts, stars and playoffs. In the end, this tells you so much about the pathology of the owner, so much about the trail of clues that assures of a doomed Jackson-Dolan partnership. "The biggest issue for [Dolan] is the no-talk policy with the media," a high-ranking league official said. "Everybody signs on, except for Walsh. And after that [Dolan] said, "Never again.' " Yahoo! Sports

While owner James Dolan will pay Jackson handsomely to make basketball decisions, Dolan is still expected to maintain a voice in terms of decision making, the source said. Bringing Jackson aboard could move the Knicks away from their ties to Creative Artists Agency, the player and coach representation firm that many league insiders, including some Knicks players, believe has an inordinate amount of power within the franchise. Assistant general manager Allan Houston, coach Mike Woodson, player personnel director Mark Warkentien and superstar Carmelo Anthony are all CAA clients. ESPN.com

March 9, 2014 Updates

According to an NBA source, Garden chairman James Dolan has met with Jackson about a potential return to the franchise with which he won the Knicks’ only two championships as a player. Jackson also won 11 titles as a head coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers but apparently has no interest in coaching the Knicks. New York Daily News

March 8, 2014 Updates
March 5, 2014 Updates

A rally to protest Knicks owner James Dolan’s handling of the sinking franchise is on tap for March 19 in front of the Garden before the team hosts the Pacers. The organizers of the “KF4L Rally,” which has its own Facebook page, are promoting the rally via social media. The KF4L stands for “Knicks Fan for Life.’’ Knicks fans Michael Brown, who has staged demonstrations in the past, Anthony Samaroo, a Chicago-based Knicks fan, and Mark Griffin are the rally’s promoters. New York Post

The statement also took issue with “the rehiring of Steve Mills who has never been in the GM role before and presided over one of the most embarrassing eras in Knick history.’’ It went on to add Mills “has yet to speak to the media or fans about the state of the team since he came back. The fans deserve explanations.’’ New York Post

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

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