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James Dolan Needs To Stop Interfering With Phil Jackson’s Job & Let Him Save The Knicks

Submitted by on April 23, 2014 – 11:25 amNo Comment

New York Knicks owner James Dolan is reportedly at it again. About a month after introducing Phil Jackson as the Knicks’ new team president and telling the world that he was ready to “willingly and gratefully” give up control of his team in order to allow Jackson to rebuild it, Dolan is meddling in Jackson’s business already and preventing him from doing his job. According to a New York Daily News report that was released earlier today, Dolan has stopped Jackson from firing several high-ranking Knicks officials and told him who he can and cannot fire. And that, ladies and gentleman, is not what Jackson signed up for.

The problem here is that James Dolan doesn’t seem to understand that the Knicks are the dysfunctional organization that they are right now because of him. He got them into a dark place in recent years, and now, Jackson has to try to get the Knicks out of it. But the problem, of course, is that Dolan can’t let go of the reins and allow Jackson to do the job that he was hired to do. And that’s going to end in disaster if he’s not careful. Jackson agreed to come to New York City to take on the challenge of making the Knicks a championship contender. But if Dolan continues to interfere and do what he wants to do, Jackson isn’t going to be able to do anything. And ultimately, the Knicks and their fan base are going to suffer.

There’s a chance that the New York Daily News report is wrong and Dolan isn’t interfering with Jackson at all right now. But even if that’s true, Dolan needs to be extremely mindful of the fact that Jackson could very well be the Knicks’ last hope at this point of turning things around. So he needs to start going out of his way to make Jackson feel comfortable and happy in his new position. Otherwise, this Daily News report is only going to be the tip of iceberg when it comes to the Knicks’ problems. We hope it doesn’t continue trending in that direction. But it feels like we’ve read this story before—and we all know how it ends.

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