Harris DeckerI’d imagine that James Dolan is going to be less than thrilled with all of the moves that Phil Jackson plans to make as president. I’m sure that he would have liked to keep long time assistant Herb Williams and we all know that there are probably dozens of guys working at the Garden that are there because of a ‘hookup.’ If this is going to work, Dolan needs to get out of the way.
We all debated this relationship and thought that Phil would only take the job if he was given complete control. It seems that he does have that control, despite the report by Frank Isola in the Daily News this morning. Dolan didn’t stop Jackson from doing anything (that we know of) but like we’ve seen before, his mouth is getting in the way.
Dolan needs to go away. Don’t enter Madison Square Garden. Don’t speak to the players and don’t go anywhere near a reporter. Every sound, whether whispered from a corner or spoken at a podium is finding its way onto a back page. If this is going to be the case, Dolan needs to be quiet and stop talking to everyone!
It’s funny. For the better part of two years, we didn’t hear a word from Dolan. The team was winning and things were good at the Garden. Then he tells the world that the Knicks are championship bound and the team goes on to win 37 games. Is it a coincidence? Probably. Still, I felt better as a fan when the owner was counting his money in private and letting the “basketball guys” — Glen Grunwald at the time and Phil Jackson now — make the important decisions.
Be quiet, James Dolan!