It seems that New York Knicks owner James Dolan just can’t seem to help himself.
Whether it’s the hiking of ticket prices for Knicks games n the middle of a season (although that can be justified by the $1+ billion renovation of Madison Square Garden) or the general angst felt by customers of his Cablevision television service, Dolan seems to find ways to alienate people. Nothing has done this more than Dolan’s fascination with Isiah Thomas, the man at the helm of what can be called ‘the lost decade’ in Knicks history.
Even after Thomas left the Knicks and became head coach at Florida International University, he ramained close to Dolan’s ear as an advisor to the horror of fans. This situation has created the specter among both among Knicks fans and media covering the team that Thomas will come back to MSG. That specter reared its ugly head today.
The New York Post published an article detailing an August 7 meeting between Dolan and Thomas. Speculation about the meeting range from Thomas advising the Knicks at training camp to joining the marketing arm of MSG. News of the meeting alone has already convinced some Knicks fans that it’s only a matter of time before Thomas takes the reigns of the team once again, even as Glen Grunwald was named permanent general manager of the team.
Knicks fans do have legitimate reasoning for this.
Remember that Dolan had to forced by NBA commissioner David Stern to fire Thoman and to hire Donnie Walsh to rebuild the Knicks. Then in the 2010-11 season Dolan pushed Walsh into destroying everything he did for the Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony trade, a move that had the stench of Thomas all over it.
So in New York, there is a real possibility that their nightmares of Thomas at the top of the Knicks pyramid returning.
Might be time to find the night lights.