HoopsHype James Dolan rumors

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

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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

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For a marriage between Jackson and Dolan to work, Azoff knew it could never feel as if either of them was asking for anything. They each had to realize on their own it was in both of their best interests. "Deals are deals, but they don't work unless relationships do," Azoff said. "The reason it took so long is I think all the parties wanted to make sure that there was a real relationship and bond before they entered into the marriage." ESPN.com

And so over the course of the next few months there were at least three face-to-face meetings involving Jackson, Dolan, Knicks general manager Steve Mills, Azoff, Jackson's agents, Todd and Brian Musburger, and several other key figures on both sides. They talked philosophies and beliefs. They talked contracts and decision-making processes. Who would have the final say over basketball decisions? Who would deal with agents and general managers? How would they recruit free agents? How would they scout? It was like signing a prenup. But the process was absolutely necessary. And when Jackson finally signed on, both sides felt like they won. "I always find that in every deal," Azoff said. "Both parties have to win." ESPN.com

March 26, 2014 Updates

On Tuesday, Jackson wasn’t granting interviews inside Staples Center, and considering Dolan’s suffocating media policy and total disregard for the press in general, the Zen Master’s silence makes him the early favorite to win Employee of the Month after one week on the job. The word from the Knicks was that Jackson, just seven days after promising a more professional working relationship with the media, wasn’t talking. He is, however, doing a lot of avoiding. New York Daily News

March 20, 2014 Updates

The natives still may be restless, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, in the form of Phil Jackson. That was the takeaway from Wednesday evening’s protest before the Knicks’ 92-86 win over the Pacers, when about 50 fans gathered in front of the Garden to voice their displeasure with owner James Dolan. The Knicks made a major move on Tuesday, officially welcoming Jackson as the new president of the team. Jackson won 11 NBA championships as a coach with the Bulls and Lakers, and two more as a player with the Knicks. That didn’t deter the protestors. “The catalyst was the bad season, after we had such a successful one last [year],” Karina Guerrero, one of the protest’s organizers, told The Post. “Everything started from the top. It’s been years of the same mismanagement from Mr. Dolan. We’ve just been tired of it. We thought that it was the perfect time to come and finally say something after so long.” New York Post

March 19, 2014 Updates

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