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Report: Knicks owner James Dolan expects title this season

Oct 31, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

James Dolan AP

If you’re the New York Knicks, you should be in the championship business. This is one of the handful of big markets hat can land free agent superstars, it’s a place role players want to be. You can draw the talent, you need to be smart about it but you can bring in guys who can win.

Knicks new GM Steve Mills said essentially that to the New York Post before his team tipped off the season with a win Wednesday.

You want a “championship or bust” kind of mentality to a degree, but that also needs to be tempered with reality.

You can decide for yourself if what team owner James Dolan told staff, as reported by, is based in reality or is closer to the reality of a zombie apocalypse show.

In a recent meeting with the coaching staff and some team executives, Dolan said he believes the Knicks have enough talent to win a title and that he expects them to do so this season, league sources with knowledge of the owner’s message during the meeting confirmed.

“He told them he believes they have enough talent to win it all,” one source said, “and he expects it to happen this year.”

I expect Paulina Gretzky to show up at my house tonight trick-or-treating. You can expect whatever you want.

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The Knicks are a good team — 54 wins last season, won the Atlantic Division and made it to the second round of the playoffs last season. But most prognosticators (including myself) think they are a step behind the Heat and improved Pacers and Bulls. I don’t think their defense is there, I think their offense based around ‘Melo is too easy to disrupt in the playoffs. Some Knicks die-hard fans will dispute this (check the comments) but these are the same fans that booed their big off-season acquisition Andrea Bargnani on opening night as they start to realize the reality of his game.

The bigger question is how do the Knicks get to the contender status.

They are essentially locked into this same roster next season (unless you think Amar’e Stoudemire or Bargnani are walking away from their last eight-figure paychecks), but they have made a focus of re-signing Carmelo Anthony. In 2015 they could have the cap room to go get someone to play with him, essentially pitting them in a star recruiting war with the Lakers and maybe the Mavericks and others (hard to say precisely what the landscape is in two years).


  1. azarkhan - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    I expect to win the Powerball lottery. My expectation has a better chance at being fulfilled than his.

    • fanofevilempire - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Dolan is a mad man to think that he should tell the players they can win.
      Meanwhile the other owners told their players they are loser and will not win.

      Derrick Rose still believes he is the best player in the NBA, another mad man.

  2. nygrwy - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I am a knicks fan and I thought they looked clumsy last night. Woodson cant seem to coach anything successfully but Melo at the 4. Bargnani looks like an awful move. Was that done by Grunwald? If so thats enough to lose your job.

    Why was Shump taken out for artest last night with a couple of minutes left?

  3. cbrown386 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I’ll have 2 of whatever he had.

  4. bishopbengals - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    No one thought that Dallas would win at the beginning of their championship season and what happened? We get it, the Knicks on paper are no where near the best team but the constant hate gets old. Every team expects to win a championship, stop berating the Knicks for doing the same.

    • phaden27 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Charles did. Given that was twenty games into the season and well, he’s Charles, he did get it right.

    • scalfor3 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      It’s not hate, just reality. This Knick team isn’t winning anything until they get out from under Amare’s cap killing deal

  5. vi3tguy415 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    i miss those Ewing & latrell Sprewell’s DAYS. those were the best. they wouldn’t go down without a fight. year after year, you just know they would have a chance. this knicks team…sighhhh. hate to say but they are just gate keepers for those damn heat team. I want my old team back!

  6. jimsjam33 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Dream on

  7. csbanter - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Why can’t an owner make a statement without being taken to task ? So what if they don’t win it all, knick fans will still have a good season. Must be a slow news day.

  8. prosourcetalk - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I hope this is a thinly veiled threat by Dolan that he’s planning on bringing Isiah back as team president

  9. thedano - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    In a related story……everyone expects a disappointed Knicks owner.

  10. buttfumbles - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    I always knew Knicks fans were delirious, apparently their owner is too.

  11. lastdukestreetking - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Title of the article sounds like something from The Onion.

  12. djeter220 - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I can go back through this past offseason until now and find at least five or six different PBT posts about Knicks players/staff expressing confidence in their ability to win it all this season and how wrong they are for thinking that. From Melo to JR to Metta to Woodson to Dolan. What are they supposed to say? Are other teams not expressing their championship hopes? As a Knicks fan, I know the reality of things, and I also know what I want to hear from members of the organization, and this is exactly it.

  13. borisalessandri - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I expect him to be VERY disappointed

  14. marcusfitzhugh - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    The title of this article is “Report: Knicks owner James Dolan expects title this season”. Today, another PBT article is entitled “Pistons’ owner says he expects to win”

    Has an owner ever said, “I expect to be mediocre” or “We’ll accept losing for now”.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Every owner of a tanking team?

  15. beagle11 - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    This is the problem with James Dolan, he doesn’t know the sport and is delusional. I bet he was the driving force behind signing Chandler and using the amnesty on walk year contract, he probably expected that signing to get him a championship like it did for Dallas.

  16. eugenesaxe1 - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Always fun to see rich peoples’ dreams get crushed.

  17. 950003cups - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM


  18. jimeejohnson - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Cantun*a*s you hater: how come you don’t come to your favorite team’s blogs but you show up to hate on LeBron like you’re a Nazi?

  19. wowwowbad - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Someone tells this guy to wake up.

  20. rohlo - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    mr dolan today is halloween, NOT april fools day!!

  21. psubeerman21 - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    The team is ok, but bad contracts are making it hard to make moves. Sounds more like Dolan is calling out his coach/front office and might make some changes in the offseason.

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