James Dolan's Most Questionable NY Knicks Moves
You'd be hard-pressed to find an owner as heavily criticized as James Dolan of the New York Knicks.
Since taking over in 1999, Dolan's Knicks have missed the postseason in eight separate seasons. This is with a major market and world-famous city to draw free agents and the allure of Madison Square Garden.
Needless to say, Dolan has made some questionable decisions when it comes to personnel.
Whether it's mismanaging money or walking the moral line as he monitors his stars, we've seen it all. In fact, one might be inclined to say that Dolan has given Knicks fans the wildest ride in professional sports.
So what have been Dolan's most questionable moves?
Allan Houston's $100 Million Deal
Before there was Joe Johnson, there was Allan Houston.
Much like Johnson, Houston was an immensely talented shooting guard with a smooth stroke and an uncanny ability to light up the scoreboard.
Just like Johnson, Houston received an outrageous contract that few were willing to match.
Houston signed a six-year deal worth $100 million in 2001. The competition was rumored to have offered no more than $75 million to the three-point marksman.
Even still, James Dolan made sure his man stayed in New York. At all costs.
Houston would proceed to battle injuries en route to a premature retirement in 2005. When he retired, Houston was ninth on the all-time three-point field goals list.
Unfortunately, the Knicks learned the hard way how dangerous it can be to invest mega millions.
Firing Larry Brown
Prior to the 2004-05 NBA regular season, the New York Knicks hired Larry Brown to become their head coach.
This was a five-year deal worth $50 million. The legend was expected to lead the Knicks to their first postseason appearance since the turn of the century.
After just one season, James Dolan decided to fire coach Brown in favor of Isiah Thomas.
Not one of Dolan's best moments.
Everything Isiah Thomas
As previously alluded to, James Dolan decided to go with underachieving Isiah Thomas over the legendary Larry Brown for head coach.
Thomas posted a win percentage of .341 as head coach of the Knicks.
Furthermore, the Knicks had losing seasons in every year that Thomas was involved with the organization. Although his vision of working from the inside out worked for other teams, it failed in New York.
Thomas and Dolan even managed to make Stephon Marbury the scapegoat.
Regardless of what it was, Thomas and Dolan found a way to make it fail in New York.
Both men on their own may be O.J., but together, they're worth questioning.
Letting Jeremy Lin Walk
When the New York Knicks let Jeremy Lin walk, many questioned the move.
After all, Lin had been a major player in the Knicks' midseason turnaround. Furthermore, he created the period famously known as "Linsanity."
Perhaps most important of all, Lin was James Dolan's ultimate cash cow.
Even still, Dolan let Lin walk away to another major market in Houston.
Recording Carmelo Anthony
According to a league source, the decision to employ the microphones was made to protect the combustible Anthony from another “he said-he said’’ dispute by having an audio record of what’s said on the court.
Right in motive, odd in tactic?
Jason Kidd's Questionable Injury
And it all leads to this.
When an injury transpires, many expect to be informed of what's happening right off of the bat.
That hasn't been the case with Jason Kidd's mysterious back injury.
That's always good.
The Knicks announced at halftime that Kidd would not return against the Hawks and that he was simply being rested.
However, a Knicks source said Kidd received treatment for his back during the game; he left the arena immediately after the game without speaking to reporters.
Head coach Mike Woodson responded by saying that Kidd is "fine."
Very few believe this to be true, as the the 39-year-old is prone to injury.
Do we believe such to be true? Even if you do, how shady can you get?