James Dolan Rumors
Former teammates have encouraged Oakley to be more polite in his dealings with the team, but without much success. “The boss don’t like me,” Oakley said last week. “I wouldn’t mind having a sit-down dinner with Dolan. I wouldn’t mind cooking him dinner.” Pause. “Might put something in it, though!” Pause. “I mean, I had at least 15 people try to set up a meeting. He won’t meet. I want to sit down to talk to him. I want me and him in a room. And lock the door. Lock that door!” Another pause. “I mean, he can have the police outside the door.”
Of course, there is another possibility the Busses discuss regularly, a guy who is practically family—Phil Jackson. He can opt out of his Knicks contract in a year, and he’s believed to be able to get out of it the year after that, too. Despite Jackson’s limited results in New York, he has served an obvious purpose for James Dolan, taking the heat off the owner by accepting it himself. That is something the Buss family has noticed as a worthwhile formula as they continue to take their hits, besides how useful Jackson might be recruiting free agents even if he doesn’t do day-to-day work.
Patrick James: Mike D’Antoni told him come to camp in shape, he was in best shape of career. And then got benched. – Stephon Marbury: Did me the best favor ever. Didn’t want to play in his losing style of basketball. No defense and just shoot. – Jay Brunetti: I believe that order came from up above not all blame should be on Mike D’Antoni. Believe me Stephon I’m in your corner I just feel the whole organization had a hand in it. – Stephon Marbury: James Dolan and him. All good as my movie will shed some real light on all of what happened with them in the NBA.
Kurt Rambis, David Blatt and Vogel are the top-three candidates for one of more coveted NBA jobs. Jackson’s meeting with Vogel also raises further questions to whether Garden Chairman James Dolan is opposed to signing off on Jackson’s preferred choice, Rambis.
Jackson then met with Blatt, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach who was once Mills’ college teammate. Blatt appears to be the preferred choice of Mills, and if the Knicks hired Blatt, it could be interpreted as Dolan stepping in and siding with Mills, who figures to outlast Jackson in New York anyway.
The richest touring musician in the world is being called to the stage for a soundcheck. “This,” Jim Dolan tells me before he leaves the dressing room for the rehearsal, “is where I’m happiest.” In a few hours, his band, JD & The Straight Shot, will open for the singer/songwriter Jewel at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C. Dolan’s musical combo is, professionally speaking, his second act. He’s already made more in business than any singer or songwriter ever squeezed out of three chords and the truth.