HoopsHype James Dolan rumors


September 8, 2014 Updates

According to an NBA source, Jackson and Knicks owner James Dolan have an agreement Jackson will keep the current front-office staff in place for one year to see how it jells. The Knicks have not announced any dismissals. The only front-office hiring — which has not been officially announced — has been Clarence Gaines as advisor to the president. Gaines worked with Jackson in Chicago. New York Post

June 10, 2014 Updates

Maybe that old cigar smoke Auerbach blew into Jackson's face ultimately inspired him to take on a massive rebuild; maybe not. Maybe Jackson figured he couldn't turn down $60 million of Jim Dolan's money, even if he had no experience as a team president and no idea if he could coexist with his owner half as easily as Rangers president and GM Glen Sather does with Dolan. "For Phil," said one NBA official who knows him well, "this could be the easiest and best-paying part-time job in the world." ESPN.com

June 6, 2014 Updates

The New York Knicks could now be worth $3 billion. So says Rich Tullo, an analyst at Albert Fried & Company, which made the comment as part of a note issued Friday morning to announce that the research company was revising its price target for Madison Square Garden stock upward to $85 a share. Tullo wrote that the Knicks, he believes, are now worth between $1.4 billion and $3 billion "based on percent premiums of recent sales prices paid for franchises such as the L.A. Clippers ($2 billion), the Bucks ($550 million) and New Orleans ($338 million)." ESPN.com

Tullo estimated that the Knicks generated more than $100 million in ticket sales this season, which he says was double what he estimates the Clippers did. The Knicks also get 100 percent of the money they make off suites, some leased at $1.8 million a year. Sources tell ESPN.com that the Clippers make no more than 10 percent of suite sales because of their lease with the Staples Center, which is owned by AEG. ESPN.com

June 4, 2014 Updates

According to a person in his inner circle, Mark Jackson may be reluctant to coach the Knicks with too heavy an influence from the president’s office, making it a bad match. The Zen Master has been interested in interviewing the ex-Knick and former St. John’s star, who is working the NBA Finals for ABC. New York Post

June 3, 2014 Updates

Those are all factors that could prevent Fisher from becoming Jackson’s first significant move as Knicks president. The issue of whether Fisher wants to work for Dolan may not be as big of a problem for Fisher as it obviously was for Steve Kerr, who was close to joining the Knicks before agreeing to coach Golden State. New York Daily News

Fisher and Dolan, the Chairman of Madison Square Garden, have a history dating back to the NBA lockout in 2013 when they sat on opposite sides of the labor negotiations. There were reports that Dolan and late Lakers owner Jerry Buss were visibly annoyed by the hard-line demands of certain owners, including Cleveland’s Dan Gilbert and Phoenix’s Robert Sarver. Fisher found an ally in Dolan, and according to a source, Fisher believes he can be successful working at the Garden with Jackson and under Dolan. New York Daily News

May 14, 2014 Updates
May 7, 2014 Updates

The chance to work with Knicks president Phil Jackson, who has served as a mentor to Kerr, is what attracts Kerr to New York. Kerr, according to sources, is concerned about upper management at MSG and especially James Dolan’s history of being too hands-on. If not for Jackson’s presence, Kerr would not consider working for the club. New York Daily News

April 29, 2014 Updates
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April 23, 2014 Updates

Just one month into his role as Knicks president, Jackson has already clashed with Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, over personnel decisions, the Daily News has learned. According to a team source, Jackson is looking to remove several staff members, which is commonplace when a new administration takes over, but Dolan opposes removing certain employees. New York Daily News

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