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Knicks owner Dolan is the rational guy in the room

Nov 1, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT

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It has come down to this — if you want to see NBA basketball soon, you need to root for the rational mind of James Dolan to prevail.

Yes, the Knicks’ James Dolan. The band front man and loyal friend of Isiah Thomas. That rational mind. He is now a guy you can pin your hopes on. And if you’re a Knicks fan, hope that he is really impressing people in the negotiations.

Marc Berman at the New York Post explains.

According to a players source, Dolan has been the least combative of the owners and often serves as a mediator during contentious moments.

“He’s tried to keep the parties on point,’’ the source said. “He’s trying to make a deal, seeing a positive spin. He’s been, in a word, productive.’’

Dolan has long been thought to be a dove — he’s a big market owner who was already making money, he’s got a buzz about his team now that he doesn’t want to kill, plus he’s got a new building (with new revenue streams) to christen.

For Knicks fans, there is a whole subtext to this — what few “concessions” the players have gotten could help build the Knicks up in the future. Again Berman.

According to multiple sources, one of the resolved issues in a new CBA is the 2011 salary cap will remain at the level as it was in 2010 — $58 million.

“That’s what we’ve been discussing, though the exact dollar amount is not set until the new deal is done,’’ said one league source, who added no new talks have yet been scheduled.

Economic projections from sources say the salary cap will then grow to about $60-$61 million in 2012, when the Knicks will have the largest cap space in the league and have room to woo either Chris Paul, Deron Williams or Dwight Howard, who are slated to become free agents. The Knicks could be at least $20 million under the projected 2012 cap.

Ironically, Dolan has been seated across from Paul, who is the Knicks’ top priority, during many of the labor bargaining sessions because Paul is on the union’s negotiation committee.

Of course, the longer the lockout drags on the more off those economic projections for the future will be. And the harder it will be on the Knicks to do anything. So Dolan is pushing to get a deal done. Now.

Come one New York, Dolan is your guy. Pull for him. Right now he’s the guy for all of us who want hoops. Which doesn’t make me feel comfortable.

  1. santolonius - Nov 1, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    i am pulling for a league without dynasties. i am pulling for a league where every team has a fighting chance of making it to the finals and winning a championship. i am pulling for a league where no team has a payroll advantage over any other team. i am pulling for a league where certain sexy cities with their glamorous nightlife do not have an unfair advantage as a free agent desitination over the percieved cowtown cities of the great american landscape. if dolan is for those things, i am pulling for dolan. if that degree of balance is not his priority, i am pulling against him.

  2. silverbuffalo - Nov 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    He will be Dolan some money out – to get a mediocre deal and season

  3. leearmon - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    If Dolan can both get a deal done, and get CP3 to NYC i promise I won’t say one negative thing about him for a whole month. I think.

    • mook1987 - Nov 1, 2011 at 3:27 PM


  4. texmex2 - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    K-A kurt at it again; I’m sure the owners look at Dolan as a mentor OTFLMAO

  5. marcusfitzhugh - Nov 1, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    A lot of NYK fans dislike Dolan, but he does what an owner is supposed to do. He writes a check whenever the GM says so. $20M over cap, $30M, he doesn’t care. He just keeps writing checks. THAT is what an owner is supposed to do. His biggest problem has been believing in lousy GMs. Isiah Thomas comes to mind, but his predecessor, Scott Layden, was MUCH worse. Need an example? On the night of the 2002 draft, Layden traded Mark Jackson, a freshly drafted Nene Hilario, and Marcus Camby to Denver for Antonio McDyess. McDyess spent his ENTIRE 18-GAME Knick career saying his knee hurts. Nene is still a monster and Camby is just now winding down. BTW, I don’t ever want to hear another Nugget fan whine about the Knicks stealing Melo. Back to Dolan, the NY GMs have been crazy, but the owner is a lot closer to Jerry Buss than people give him credit for.

    • mook1987 - Nov 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM


  6. leearmon - Nov 1, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    I was with you 100% up until the Jerry Buss thing, but yes you’re right about everything else haha

    • mook1987 - Nov 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM


      • leearmon - Nov 1, 2011 at 6:08 PM

        What a vast and extensive vocabulary you have. Such depth, as “Wrong” and the cleverness of “Stupid” plus the caps. Im sure your parents and english teachers are so proud.

    • marcusfitzhugh - Nov 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      You’re right. Buss was over reaching. But as an owner, he recognizes that you GOT to spend money. Fans aren’t going to show u[p and watch garbage. I’m glad he recognizes it and spends the cash. Some other owners need to stop complaining, open the check book and keep their talent. If they make their clubs desireable, fans AND players will show an interest.

      • jrhall888 - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:02 AM

        Owners opening up their checkbooks has given us the labor stoppage we have now. If they all just listen to their GM’s and write checks, they’ll continue to spend money on players that don’t deserve it, and spend more than the team can afford. It’s a business, and any business owner knows he has to keep his costs in line to make a profit. He has to spend wisely to be both profitable and successful.

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