The latest news from New York City is that a Knicks fan account has leaked to ESPN. It details the Knicks’ failure to sign free agent stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Dolan sent the fan an email revealing his frustration over the lack of success with the Knicks. While the Knicks’ fan account is a small sample, its message rings true in the city of New York.
Knicks fan account
New York’s Knicks are one of the most iconic teams in the NBA, but their season has been filled with dysfunction. Last night, Charles Oakley was escorted out of a game and cuffed by security. It was an ugly scene, especially considering Oakley was a lightning rod for the team. But there is some good news. The team’s owner, David Stern, is in the process of being sued for caring more about his blues band than about his basketball team.
While Brooklyn Nets fans are celebrating their team’s title win in the NBA Finals, Knicks fans have been sorely disappointed. The team has had just one playoff win in the last 22 years and a combined record of 49-65. This year, the Knicks are currently on pace for their eighth consecutive losing season. In addition, their owner is engaged in a bitter war with the media and with his own players. He has destroyed the legacy of some of basketball’s greats.
Dolan’s email to fan
Dolan’s lackluster response to the killing of George Floyd in the streets of New York City should be disconcerting. Dolan’s lame response has echoed through the league. While he doesn’t directly address the issue, the lackluster email is indicative of his lack of concern for the issue and the players. While he is far from the only NBA owner to have concerns about the racial climate, Dolan’s response is an unfortunate reflection of his organization.
Many Knicks fans have been unhappy with the team for 15 years, and they expected Dolan to at least recognize his mistakes. In reality, Dolan’s email to Knicks fans makes a sad statement about the state of NYC basketball. Fans have watched the Knicks’ dismal record for 15 years, since the franchise reached the NBA Finals in 1999. Since then, they’ve been miserable and have only one winning season, in 2010-2011. In fact, their current 10-41 record is the worst in the NBA.
Rose’s decline in New York
After three years, Rose has fallen on hard times. He’s not gaining in popularity, but he’s certainly still the fastest player in the NBA. He’s also undergone four knee surgeries. Though Rose’s decline in NYC basketball isn’t surprising, there are still some reasons for his continued absence. In particular, Rose’s decline in play is a direct result of Thibodeau’s lack of guard depth.
While Rose still puts up decent numbers for the Knicks this season, he’s been a major topic of conversation. Rose, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season, was recently a defendant in a civil trial in Los Angeles. Although he was not found guilty of any charges, his playing time has suffered. In fact, he was benched for consecutive fourth quarters on Friday and Saturday, and Hornacek turned to Ron Baker to fill Rose’s spot at point guard.
One Knicks fan account makes a heartbreaking statement about Mills’ termination: “The decision to fire Steve is not one that the team or its fans should have welcomed.” The edict was likely a response to the media’s mounting criticism of Dolan. Mills was a longtime yes-man for Dolan and, as a result, was the least qualified top Knicks executive of the century. The Knicks were supposed to appoint Mills to the Madison Square Garden sports assets board, but the new general manager didn’t want to deal with that kind of controversy. The Knicks should be doing everything they can to keep their fans happy.
The Knicks’ press release contained dozens of elements. For one thing, the Knicks didn’t mention Richard Jefferson’s name in the press release, despite being a scathing denunciation of the rumors. They also didn’t offer any contracts to Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant during free agency. This all points to the Knicks’ incompetence, and the fact that they couldn’t appoint the duo in free agency.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
The sad statement Tim Hardaway made about NYC basketball is a pathetic way to conclude his career. Last summer, he signed with the Knicks. His first season with the team was his best yet, setting career highs in points, rebounds, and assists per game. In his final season, Hardaway is likely opting out of his contract, but he’s a great value to the team, and his presence has made the Knicks a better team.
During his two seasons in Atlanta, Tim Hardaway was the leading scorer for the Hawks. The Knicks made the move for him in a trade on draft night. Hardaway carries that extra motivation with him into home games, but he was unable to do that against the Hawks in the Knicks’ home opener on Thursday. Hardaway said he learned the news while out to dinner with his teammates. “I thought I was going to be a valuable building block,” he told reporters after the Knicks’ 112-101 loss to Atlanta. Hardaway Jr.’s sad statement about NYC basketball comes at a time when New York is in crisis mode.