Many basketball fans believe that James Dolan is not equipped to run an NBA franchise as historical and large as the New York Knicks. Knicks fans, in particular, have grown tired of Dolan’s reckless oaf like behavior, but, is it truly fair to crown Dolan the worst owner in the NBA?
An argument can certainly be made that Dolan’s actions have unquestionably beleaguered an otherwise exceptionally well respected franchise. During the championship years (1967-1975), the Knicks became an NBA darling that was known for good ownership and front office stability and during the Dolan years (1999-present) the Knicks became an NBA bottom feeder with little hope of success (until Donnie Walsh tried to make it all better).
What constitutes a bad owner?
2) Inexplicable Spending
3) Constant Snooping/ Control Freak
5) No Interest in Winning
Of the five things that amount to a horrible owner, Dolan can only be excused for one: stinginess. If there is one thing Knicks fans should know about Dolan, it’s that he is ready and willing to spend, the issue is Dolan chooses to spend money on people who run the Knicks into the ground (e.g. Isaiah Thomas, Stephon Marbury and Eddy Curry).
As mentioned above, Dolan has an incomprehensible spending problem. At times, it seems as if Dolan enjoys being hoodwinked by the criminals he chooses to hire. Further, Dolan is among the nosiest owners in all of sports as witnessed in the “Carmelo Anthony for every Knick not named Amar’e Stoudemire” trade. Dolan also has a long history of being pigheaded while dealing with front office issues (e.g. firing and rehiring of Thomas).
Lastly, and most importantly, Dolan has no interest in winning. If not for the experienced Donnie Walsh coming in and cleaning up the horrid mess left behind by Zeke and his best friend Jimmy while they played with an NBA cornerstone, the Knicks would still be a bottom dweller in the Atlantic division. To make matters worse, Dolan ignorantly and rapidly peddled high quality players in Gallinari, Chandler and Felton to obtain Anthony when Walsh wanted to wait for Denver to lower their asking price.
In doing so, Dolan may think he is helping the Knicks through his intrusiveness in front office matters, much like George Steinbrenner helped the Yankees, however, the truth is Knicks fans do not want to hear any more excuses, they would simply like to see championship banners hang from Madison Square Garden's rafters.
James Dolan may indeed be the worst owner in the NBA, sadly, however, it's by the slightest of margins, as other owners like Donald Sterling and Michael Jordan continue to cripple their respective teams.