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Report: Owner Dolan frustrated with Knicks play… and he wants less dancers dancing

Nov 5, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT

New York Knicks City Dancers perform as Knicks play  Milwaukee Bucks in NBA game in New York Reuters

It seems James Dolan honestly thinks the New York Knicks should win an NBA title this season, and he’s frustrated here.

So he’s taking it out on the Knick City Dancers. Or something like that.

There’s a lot of poking fun at the Knicks mercurial owner in the latest post from Frank Isola at the New York Daily News. The Knicks are off to a 1-2 start and got thumped over the weekend by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and apparently Dolan has much higher expectations.

According to several sources, Dolan was ready to erupt after the Knicks surrendered 40 first-quarter points and as the deficit ballooned to 23 (vs. Minnesota) Dolan went hunting for Steve Mills, the team’s new president and general manager.

That Mills isn’t responsible for either the roster or the coaching staff didn’t matter. With Dolan the facts rarely matter. The boss needed to vent and found Mills in a suite.

Remember Mills was hired just before this season started, mostly in a long-term effort to keep Carmelo Anthony and recruit players to go around him. This isn’t his roster.

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I’ll say this for Dolan — at least he’s frustrated and demanding action. That’s good, somebody should be (you know the New York fans are). In general you want an owner who sets a high standard and holds guys accountable. Problem is, Dolan is hands on and involved in a lot of the decisions, so if he’s looking for someone to blame…

It’s not the Knicks City Dancers. But apparently they are feeling the owner’s frustration as well.

Dolan has become such a hands-on owner — figuratively speaking — that, according to a source, he doesn’t want the dancers dancing. Crazy, right? The same guy who wanted creative input on the dancers’ outfits (and he’s good at it) apparently ordered that the girls’ roles be reduced to mostly throwing T-shirts into the crowd. They performed maybe one routine on Sunday.

When Isola asks why he seems to get shrugs and people saying “that’s Dolan.”

Later in the day came a report from the New York Post that the Knicks dancers are just being re-branded and that’s why the changes.  Whatever. Let’s talk hoops instead.

I’m one of those pundits not really that high on the Knicks (4-5 seed, likely out in the first round) but three games in is far too early to really know what you’ve got. Minnesota started the season hot, the Knicks are still trying to figure out how to fit new pieces in the lineup. The defense is still coming together.

It’s good that Dolan is frustrated and trying to hold some people accountable. It’s just what he might try and do to fix it that should worry Knicks fan.

  1. legend30 - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Why are we struggling? Hmmm… Let’s blame the dancers! Only Dolan…

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      I’ve heard a lot of crazy (stuff) before, but this one is right up there with the best of them.

      Where was this frustration when Isiah was running the show?

  2. 950003cups - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    As usual, Jimmy “Spoiled Brat” Dolan, has it all wrong.

    It’s the dancers costumes. Less dancers is wrong. Less clothing ON the dancers is what will get these guys to protect the perimeter, sharpen passes, make more free throws, and drop more 3s.

    Or he could go back to his usual fix, that never fixes anything. Hire Isiah again! He’s 2 firings away from Billy Martin’s record!

    • adamsjohn714 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:58 AM

      Is it just me, or does the less clothing on the dancers idea make an insane amount of sense?

  3. azarkhan - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I take exactly the opposite view. When a game is boring or one team is getting crushed, whether it’s basketball or football, I want to see more of the dancers, not less. I’d like to see the cameras focus on the ladies for about 20 minutes or more, full front and back shots, nice leg shots, bend over shots, thrusting breast shots… Otherwise I’m switching channels.

  4. papichulo55 - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Alligator tears! Mr. Dolan is well aware of the fact that the Knicks were 5th in Attendance despite not having won anything in 40 years. Why spend money when you dont need to, right Mr. Dolan?

  5. louhudson23 - Nov 5, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Dancing girls at b-ball games is pretty damn silly.Like walk up music in baseball….inane and pointless…

  6. redbaronx - Nov 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Kurt – As you may remember our discussion about MWP and the Knicks, I wasn’t very high on the Knicks offseason. Yes the season is early, but the same arguments still hold. MWP isn’t going to be able to give you too much, and this is becoming self evident in the minutes he’s getting played (20 per game so far) and his effectiveness. Then there’s Bargnani.

    If anything the Knicks may regress. Who knows what Stoudamire has left in him? And most Knicks are either too old and losing effectiveness (Stoudamire/MWP/Chandler/Martin/Prigoni), or not experienced enough (Hardaway).

    If everything goes well, I think a 5 seed is the most they could expect without any further trade improvements. Injuries to other teams notwithstanding, they’re not going to get ahead of the Heat, Pacers, Bulls, or Nets. The Knicks have some heavy thinking to do before the trade deadline if they’re serious about contending.

    • adamsjohn714 - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:00 AM

      Stop being gentle, redbaron. The Knicks clearly regressed, bargs is worthless, and they have no chance of contending unless they trade Bargs straight up for Lebron.

      • redbaronx - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        @adamsjohn714 – I have to be careful. I’ve already upset one fan base (Lakers) I don’t want to get a bunch of angry comments from Knicks fans. I already have Laker fans super angry at me for saying they might not make the playoffs this year.

        Plus I’m from NYC so I’m always kinder to the Knicks….

        I saw your comment on Bargs for LeBron. I had that recurring dream last night and I was all happy and content. Then I woke up…..

  7. nygrwy - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Sell the team. Every single fan despises you and what you have done to this team. Please I am begging you sell the team…..

  8. knightrider1755 - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    No way Dolan will walk away from this “cash cow”.

    • henryd3rd - Nov 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      The Knicks are not the cash cow; but that same can’t be said for Cablevision. That’s the cash cow. If the Knicks start loosing I can see the fans turning their backs on them and Dolan.

      Now if only we could get Xfinity in my city I’d jump in a minute.

      • tegan3 - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        You have obviously never dealt with Xfinity, what a horrible company.

  9. marcusfitzhugh - Nov 5, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    In the previous game, NY lost to Chicago. That was the 5th time in a row that they lost to the Bulls. Then they came back to the Garden and got lit up by the T-Wolves in the first quarter. Shouldn’t the owner be frustrated? If he wants to yell at the GM, isn’t that his right? The fans on the street will yell at him, and they don’t even pay his salary – why can’t the owner?

    No one wants to hear “Steve Mills isn’t responsible for the roster”. Mills took the job and he knew what came with the job. Everybody, including Isola, knows that. If Mills doesn’t like getting yelled at, he can go downstairs to Penn Station and catch the first train out of town. Another option is for the Knicks to win. What’s it going to be?

  10. buttfumbles - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Knicks are a joke and their owner and fanbase is delusional.

  11. nygrwy - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    So true. Knicks fans are def delusional. However I can def see Lebron, and Rondo coming here in two years to bring home a championship to NY.

  12. tahjay - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Is this site hurting so bad that it needs to place advertisements in the middle of an article?

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