Knicks not speaking a detriment to the organization

Harris Decker

When teams are winning, certain things get swept under the rug. Last season, with the Knicks in firm control of the Atlantic Division, the Madison Square Garden media policy would never have been called into question. But with the team sitting at 19 games below .500, things like this start to rise to the top.

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Fans are demanding answers and they aren’t getting any response from the Garden.

It has long been understood that getting answers from the front office at Madison Square Garden is no easy task. Beyond that, the messages that flow from the building are carefully controlled and monitored. What the front office is failing to realize is that the lack of communication from the Garden is actually making fans aggravated, to the point that they’re planning formal protests.

Think about that for a moment. Knicks fans have become so frustrated that they are spending their days planning events to try and get noticed by the people that run Madison Square Garden.They want answers. Simple answers. They want a general manager who will come out and answer questions from the media. They want an owner that cares. They want to know that the franchise they love is heading in the right direction.

Madison Square Garden’s media policy has backfired. While they might claim that a tight lipped strategy makes the most sense, I ask, where is the proof? If the media policy is such a good thing for the Garden, then why are so many people pissed off right now? The policy needs to change. Knicks fans want a general manager who will answer questions and an owner that takes responsibility when the team is struggling.




30 comments
Keith Hayes
Keith Hayes

What does the media policy have to do with the on court product?...they don't owe the fans any explanation, there are other teams you can root for, just do it...if former executives are complaining that they weren't allowed to talk to the media question why they were there?, to help resurrect the KNICKS or to get their own shine on? Seriously, are they supposed to leak info to the media to gauge fan approval?, are they supposed to put a player on blast in the media?...it's basketball people...politicians owe explanations as they serve at our pleasure but a guy can run his basketball team as he sees fit all we can do is show up and root for them or not...first it was mismanagement, then salary cap misery, then flawed roster, then low basketball IQ, and now media policy?...C'MON MAN!!!

cj1786
cj1786

And lets be honest, this whole uproar about the front office never speaking is just more piling on at this point.  No one really cares if the front office talks, its just one more thing to get on them about because the team is bad.  When they were winning 50+ games last year no one was mentioning the media policy were they?  Bottom line is fans want a front office that puts together a good team, thats it.  Beyond that I could care less what they do.  Dolan and Mills could live in a cave and for all I care as long as they put together a good team. 

cj1786
cj1786

Is it really a policy?  Or a choice by those in the front office?  I know that Dolan basically never speaks, but I remember hearing Grunwald on the radio quite a few times throughout his couple years as GM. 

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

Does anyone else find it ironic and more than a bit hypocritical that Dolan, whose family made its fortune in the media industry, has such disdain for the media?

Steven Pinkney
Steven Pinkney

Fans like us have every right to be judgmental but don't buy the media BS they just like negative stories about the Knicks and don't like that Dolan don't talk to them they could care less about fans

bigdishing
bigdishing

Pat Riley, JVG, and Thibs all left NY because of the rotten organization. 


knickgirl35
knickgirl35

The dictator's media policy (Wiki):


Dolan rarely speaks with members of the media and communicates to the press through released statements or in interviews with MSG Network. In 2000, Dolan instituted media training for all Garden employees who might deal with the press and instituted an ironclad rule against team personnel criticizing others in the organization via the media. Under Dolan’s watch MSG implemented controversial media policies limiting access to players. Some of these measures included prohibiting reporters and Knicks’ beat writers from interviewing players without an MSG public relations official present, forbidding one-on-one interviews, and excommunicating writers who write articles critical of the organization. The policies also forbid the MSG Network from being critical of the Knicks and the Rangers, regardless of their performance. Such measures were not standard practice for other NBA teams. In addition, the Knicks did not make their medical staff available to the press. In 2004, longtime broadcaster Marv Albert’s contract was not renewed by MSG Network, allegedly because of his criticism of the Knick’s play.


Note some of words that I bolded.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

MARCH 19TH WE RALLY AT MSG AGAINST DOLAN AND HIS PRECIOUS CAA MINIONS!!!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Both Minaya and Alderson spoke/speak to the media constantly....Dolans gag order is pretty ridiculous.

Gregori Saturno
Gregori Saturno

the media is responsible for the problem.

the media started the war on dolan.

remember 'cokehead', 'loser', 'daddy's boy'?

well dolan responded by limiting media access.

well that started the war of the media poisoning fans against dolan.

what again has dolan actually done so terrible?

all he has ever done is sign off on every expense to attempt to improve his team.

how can you compare the knicks to the mets?

the mets are CHEAP, something dolan has never, ever been.

his only real erro was connecting with isiah thomas.

dolan, being from the midwest, did not really understand the hatred we had for thomas here in ny.

he over ruled walsh with the melo deal because walsh wanted to back out because of mozgov inclusion for godsakes.

oh, i forgot he fired the boy genius glen grunwald.

what a mistake that was as everyone can attest the GREAT team grunwald put together for us this year.

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

wasn't the media policy just one of the billion other reasons donnie gracefully left ?

chudogz1
chudogz1

@ Keith Hayes. Welcome to the party... Now go look up our record since the bozo took over.... Being an owner is one thing, being the main guy on the phone with Masai Ujiri, then GM of Denver, during trade talks in another..... How about listening to Stern, instead of being a spoiled, silver spoon fed baby, and hiring a real GM, someone with real basketball knowledge, instead of trying to be the owner/ GM/ musician that he thinks he is... Spend some more time working on his horrible music that he gives out free tickets to, for people to attend

chudogz1
chudogz1

@cj1786. Ok, Guitar Shimmy had like 15 yrs to prove he can put a good product on the court.... He's FAILED, and not only that, he's FAILED MISERABLY.... I could care less who's allowed to talk to who, but I could care about who the guy hires to be in charge, and I could care that he needs to step aside and let basketball people make basketball decisions, not wanna be musicians making basketball decisions

Gregori Saturno
Gregori Saturno

@cj1786  someone does care if the 'front office talks'.

that would be the media.

thus their hatred of dolan making their easy job more difficult.

chudogz1
chudogz1

And them he got fired.... When's the last time u heard anything from Herb Williams??

rico
rico

@Mr.Boots  RIGHT ON Mr Boots!


I have worked at and for MSG and Cablevision and can attest that it's a toxic vibe inside and out.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@Mr.Boots  If he wasn't paranoid or had nothing to hide he would welcome the press.

Chris
Chris

@firebaldy  i will see you there. bring a sign with your name on it. we gotta do something about this team's demise.

#Knickstape
#Knickstape

@MeloStat301  And everybody knocked Minaya for sounding dumb and everyone knocks Alderson for acting dumb.


I want a GM that can do his job correctly.  This season was a perfect season for a GM to really show his worth.  After GG being fired days after his Bargs trade.  Mills took over and did nothing as the ship began to sink.


With some trade-able talent we sat on our hands and did nothing.  Mills could have even done some under the radar trades but he didn't even do that.


The signing of Earl Clark and Shannon Brown shows how inexperienced he is as a GM, the teams needs were not met with those two being signed.  We should have been searching for a second scoring option for Melo (like Granger) and we should have been scouring the Earth for a PG (I would have taken a chance on Ferdette)


Now we have to trust that Mills can come up with a plan to save this franchise this coming summer.  I really hate to say it but we are doomed!

chudogz1
chudogz1

and whoever hit the "like" button on @Gregori Saturno's must be named Stevie Wonder....

chudogz1
chudogz1

@ Gregori Saturno... U gotta be kidding me... Look at his record since he took over and look at how many "good" basketball people left town, then make comments defending that moron... And while ur at it, look at Phoenix's medical report, from the best training staff in the league, stating that Stat's knees were not gonna last more than 3 yrs.... Then look at the 5 yr contract we gave him... And while ur at it look up how many teams wanted Eddie Curry, and then look up how many teams wanted Bargnani..... What to speak of including a first round pick for that scrub.........and for the record, Walsh didn't want to include Mozgov, but more importantly, he didn't want to include the FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK, from this year, which would have been very helpful...... And while ur spewing hate at Glen Grunwald, keep in mind he was working on a trade for Lamarcus Aldridge, who wanted out of Portland on the first ride available, but no, ur messiah chose to listen to his newest butt buddies from CAA, and traded for they're client, Bargnani, while including a first round pick!!!!!!!!!! See u at the rally pal

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@Gregori Saturno If Dolan wants to avoid speaking to the media because his feelings got hurt, so be it. The media policy is inclusive of everybody, not just Dolan. When everybody in the organization from GM to coaches to the lowliest player has an MSG PR person overseeing every word uttered in public and terminating interviews anytime a question other than a softball fluff question is asked, that is a problem stemming from his autocratic view of the world.


You've had your say, now you can go back to slurping on Dolan.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@Gregori Saturno  He has a lot of "issues." One being he runs a bball team yet knows ZERO about bball. The fans have demanded that this incompetent abusive sham of a coach be fired yet he is still here. 

If Dolan hired you to do a PR campaign on this blog for him, you shouldn't get paid because that little rant of yours is sub par just like Dolan's running of this team!


The great Pat Riley could've brought us a championship. He wanted and deserved control. What happened to Pat? We all know that answer!!! 

lindro88
lindro88

@#Knickstape @MeloStat301  Who is knocking Alderson for acting dumb?  He has no money to work with.  He has made two trades that could wind up as two of the best in franchise history.  He gets knocked by some fans who think it's his choice to have the 8th lowest payroll in baseball.  Sandy is a bright guy, who has managed to take a minor league system, almost devoid of prospects, and turn it into a top 10 system in baseball.  I wish the Knicks had someone in charge with the ability of Sandy.  

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@Mr.Boots @Gregori Saturno  LOL! He is on the wrong blog taking up for that meglomaniac. 

chudogz1
chudogz1

@ Rico. I think this Stevie guy has been our GM for years

rico
rico

@firebaldy " Defending Dolan" NY Times Best Seller ..NOT!