New York Knicks: With Jeremy Lin, James Dolan Has Created Yet Another Circus

TJ NagyAnalyst IIIJuly 17, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14:  Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden & NBA Governor, James L. Dolan speaks to the media at a press conference to announce Mike Woodson as the interim head coach of the New York Knicks following the resignation of Mike D'Antoni at Madison Square Garden on March 14, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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I want to simply start off by saying that I don't think Jeremy Lin is worth $25 million over the next three years. The contract on the table right now from Houston is ridiculous (right Melo?). Any reasonable basketball analyst would agree that the Knicks are making a tough, but correct move in not re-signing the newest NBA icon.  

The Knicks would be screwed financially in the next couple of years if they decided to make this move. So really, they don't have any other option at this point.

So long Linsanity. 

With that being said, I'd like to personally ask James Dolan exactly what he was thinking when he didn't sign Lin sooner and avoid this unbelievably unforgivable mess. 

Better yet, I'd like to ask Dolan exactly what his plan was this whole time? Considering that now the Knicks are on the verge of losing Lin (for nothing I might add), and about to suffer yet another round of media onslaughts and fan backlash.

All while another, very promising team is moving right into their backyard. 

And to think, at least the fans got to see two good years that consisted of a single playoff win. 

But now? Looks like it's back to the old Dolan. The one who apparently holds grudges because Lin had the nerve to go out and try to capitalize on his recent success and negotiate with other teams. Even though the Knicks were firm since the beginning that they were going to let the market dictate Lin's value.

And then there's the fact that he actually had the chance to sign Lin to a deal that was both fair and reasonable for New York. Instead he looked at Lin like a joke, and thought that no team would pay him the big bucks. 

How about the fact that Dolan and his crew has decided to scoop up not one, not two, but three players who are one or two years from being 40 years old. And was close to adding another in a 39-year-old small forward with knees made out of paper mache, until the Clippers recently swooped in and got him. 

I understand a team needs veteran presence, but not when your bench is now littered with guys who remember college life in the 90s. 

Oh and didn't Jason Kidd come here solely because he wanted to mentor Lin? Yeah, I'm sure he's thrilled about all this. That DWI probably wasn't the best move either. 

But enough about that. Currently, the situation is about Lin, and how Dolan has once again put the Knicks in a situation that they cannot hope to win. No matter what the team decides to do with Lin, the Knicks and their fans both lose.

Signing Lin will mean two things: 1) No money in a few years and 2) Placing your entire franchise in the hands of someone who has played just 26 games.

Moving Lin if it doesn't work out is just not an option. If Lin fails, this team is doomed to become the laughing stock of the entire NBA.

Not signing Lin means another two things. 1) Losing the most beloved player in New York for what could be looked at as selfish reasons and 2) Hoping that Linsanity was just a fluke, and that Lin won't ever live up to what he was only a few months ago, a phenomenal young point guard.  

I can already hear the boos for poor Raymond Felton when he gets announced at his first game back at the Garden. 

So thank you Mr. Dolan, for those two solid years of mediocre, underachieving basketball. You have continued to fail us all. You couldn't even put a big three together properly without them completely clashing.

Even when you have something special fall right into your lap, you decide to actually take a chance that none of the 29 other teams would be interested in acquiring a player with billions of fans behind him. And for what? 

Somewhere right now...Dolan is on the phone with Isiah only making things worse. I don't why I know this, but I can just feel it in the air. 

Prepare for a long couple of years Knicks fans. The more things change, the more things stay the same.