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Report: James Dolan’s pretty much had it with his fellow owners

Nov 13, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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James Dolan isn’t exactly known as a savvy decision-maker. He’s too often been known to act on impulse, like trading the house for Carmelo Anthony when he was going to get Melo one way or another. Or allowing Isiah Thomas to skulk around his house like a murder of crows after destroying the franchise for nearly a decade. But in the NBA labor talks, he’s one of the few reasonable people. He wants a reasonable compromise, he wants a season, he wants the hardliners to stop mucking with the league he invests in more than they do.

And since the other owners want no part of that, Dolan’s done with the lot of them at least for now. From the New York Post:

Knicks owner James Dolan blew off the two-day desperation labor session between the NBA and players’ union in Manhattan with one source saying he has been sickened by the failure of his fellow owners to make a deal.

via Knicks owner James Dolan, fed up with the lack of progress, stayed away from the latest NBA labor negotiations – NYPOST.com.

It would be easy to blast Dolan for not doing more to fix the problem instead of just taking his ball and going home. But the reality is he can’t change any minds. No one’s listening on the owners’ side. It’s just a constant chant of “MOAR MOAR MOAR!” and there’s no hope of getting them off the line. Can’t blame Dolan for ditching the party in all its idiotic glory.

  1. 6thsense79 - Nov 13, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    This is the real problem with the NBA system. And I don’t blame Dolan for it either. Let me explain. Big market teams like New York, Boston, LA etc are able to generate massive amounts of regional revenue that they don’t have to share. Just this past year the Lakers signed a regional contract with Time Warner for 20+ years worth about $30 million per year. None of that has to be shared with any other teams. So instead of addressing things like this in pursuit of more parity the league pushes the the responsibility of parity on the backs of players.

  2. goforthanddie - Nov 13, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    James Dolan, Voice of Reason.

    That’s a scary thought.

  3. santolonius - Nov 13, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    knicks are trying to out-miami miami in grabbing up the free agents. so why wouldn’t dolan want compromises that give big market teams the advantage? i am not impressed with his so called
    “reasonability.” stand tall small market teams!

    • leearmon - Nov 13, 2011 at 5:01 PM

      Yeah because small market teams San Antonio, Orlando and Oklahoma City have been struggling the last 10 years due to the massive success of the Knicks… Damn Large market teams and their success!

    • rreducla1 - Nov 13, 2011 at 7:38 PM

      They are, at least in the standings.

      Oklahoma City and Memphis have better teams than the Knicks do. Durant has already re-upped in OKC. Zach Randolph has re-upped in Memphis. So has Rudy Gay. Cap issues, not market size, may prevent the Grizzlies from being able to keep Marc Gasol.

      San Antonio won 61 games last year.

      The Bulls are in a big market but were built almost entirely through the draft: Rose, Deng, Noah, Gibson, Asik–all drafted. They have one key FA, Boozer. His previous team that he signed with as an FA? Utah. And the Bulls are better than the Knicks are as well.

      And, of course, the Knicks traded four guys, three of whom they drafted, for Carmelo Anthony. And Denver played better, not worse, after the deal was made.

      The Knicks went 42-40 and were swept in the first round.

      Yes, big payroll teams have won the title lately. But Orlando has a massive payroll now and Cleveland had one until James left. Market size complaints don’t get it done.

      .

    • ctw3786 - Nov 13, 2011 at 10:36 PM

      Having a season is worse for the Knicks, than having a season, if they are trying to get Chris Paul. So Dolan is going against his best interest. Big free agents like Paul and Howard, will no longer be under contract if the season is cancelled, and they are free to walk, without there respective teams getting anything in return. At least if there is a season, and the Knicks want Paul, they’ll have to trade for him.

  4. brooklynbulls - Nov 13, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    All of this crying and whining about the “poor small market team” is sickening. “There’s no parity, change the tules!). San Antonio, Utah, Dallas, Detroit,OKC, Memphis, Denver and Cleveland have one thing in common, they are all small market teams who have advanced to conference finals, the finals or the championship this millennium. They also have wise owners who either know what they’re doing or are smart enough to butt out and hire qualified people to run the front office.

    • goforthanddie - Nov 13, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Thank you!

  5. brooklynbulls - Nov 13, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    All of this crying and whining about the “poor small market team” is sickening. “There’s no parity, change the rules!). San Antonio, Utah, Dallas, Detroit,OKC, Memphis, Denver and Cleveland have one thing in common, they are all small market teams who have advanced to conference finals, the finals or the championship this millennium. They also have wise owners who either know what they’re doing or are smart enough to butt out and hire qualified people to run the front office. New York on the other hand, a big market that boasts one of the highest payrolls in the league, cant make it out of the first round. Let Dolan continue to spend that money and mis match high priced pieces together, that’s not what wins championships….Great coaching along with team building, finding players who complement each other and if you’re fortunate, high character guys build great teams. The best dollar in basketball (most bang for the buck) is OKC, a small market team.

  6. stoutfiles - Nov 13, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    He’s one of the owners making lots of money. Of course he wants a season. This is about the half of the league that makes no money.

  7. ghelton03 - Nov 13, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Wake up Stern. No one cares about the small markets. Stop pandering to them.

    • santolonius - Nov 13, 2011 at 8:50 PM

      the fans who live in small market cities care.

  8. marcusfitzhugh - Nov 13, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    James Dolan may be misguided at times (not that I could do a better job), but he does what he feels is right for his franchise. Who can argue with that?

    As for the lockout, I hope the players don’t take it. I’d rather the season be reduced to 50 games. Trying to play 72 games at this point is crazy. Anybody want to see their team play 4 games in 5 nights every week from now til the playoffs?

  9. sneakd29 - Nov 13, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Dallas is far from a small market

  10. jollyjoker2 - Nov 13, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Geeze must be hard work running a new york team. Hard not to make money unless your a total idiot. I would be complaining to if I had to give up a good gravy train.

  11. quizguy66 - Nov 14, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    He should sent in Isiah to be the arbitrator between the owners and players. That will fix everything in a jiffy.

    -QG

  12. acieu - Nov 14, 2011 at 6:37 AM

    Play 72 games as the players in the NBA only work hard the last five minutes of each game so 25 minutes of playing time in five or six nights should be doable

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