Monday, April 14th, 2008 at
Stop the presses! Tom Brokaw is giving up his Knicks tickets. Brokaw was recently on Jim Gray’s XM Radio show and Newsday’s Neil Best transcribed what he had this to say about the state of the Knicks franchise and of his season tickets:
Gray: “And you have such a large voice, I’m wondering if you have spoken to the commissioner or team officials.”
Brokaw: “No…..He certainly knows how I feel about the Knicks…and their ownership. As a season ticket holder for a long time, I won’t renew because I don’t like the attitude that that ownership has brought to the community.”
Gray: “And you have been in the front row or close to it for a long time.”
Brokaw: “I was in the front row for a while and then three rows back but not next year. I just think that they have failed their obligation to the city. I think that we have great sports franchises in New York. I think Fred Wilpon of the Mets and George Steinbrenner of the Yankees measure up and they bring to the community winning teams as best they can and make real statements about being supportive of the community. I don’t think that the Dolans have done that and I think the Garden has lost a lot of its luster as a result of their ownership and this is the first time that I have really said that out loud. But I feel very strongly about it and I think that it’s the least we can expect. They get these huge prices for people to sit in those seats, all kinds of tax advantages to owning the Garden and yet they operate as if they were a sovereign country and want to play only by their own rules. So I’m not very happy about that.”
Tom…you aren’t the only one. The Dolans have pissed off a very well connected fan base. When the rich season ticket holders are upset, something has to be done. You can crap on the poor fans as much as you want, look at the Lerners and the Washington Nationals (have you seen the ticket prices, damn they are pricey for a crap team…and yet i love them), but ticking off those people that pay thousands for seats is a sure fire way to kill off a club, even a storied franchise like the New York Knicks. The question is, is it too late?
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 at
Former Knicks executive Sanders put Isiah, Dolan and the rest of the MSG crew on blast in the March issue of Elle Magazine.
You say potato. Dan Quayle says potatoe. James Dolan says marked improvement. Anucha Browne Sanders says incompetent.
“I’m not surprised [that MSG didn’t fire Isiah after her win in her lawsuit against MSG] because incompetence is rampant across the board at MSG and Cablevision. [Isiah] fits in pretty well then. They all deserve each other, Mills, Dolan, Isiah. Dolan is incompetent. Mills is incompetent. Isiah is incompetent. That’s why they’re at this point, that’s why there was a lawsuit, that’s why there was a trial, that’s why they allowed all their dirty laundry to be aired.”
Sanders continued on to say that NBA Commissioner David Stern is aware of Isiah’s reputation and will pressure the Knicks to do something about it after the season.
Clearly Sanders underestimates Dolan’s stubbornness and stupidity. Stern only cares about fixing playoff series and making sure players dress right.
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 at
Winning the NIT ain’t nuthin’ but a thing. Isiah thinks the Knicks are a playoff team.
While saying that he believes the Knicks are a playoff team, Thomas reiterated that he will not be making any deals prior to Feb. 21 trading deadline.
It’s not clear what playoffs he’s talking about. Maybe he thinks owning the CBA means he can rig the playoffs. Oh wait… He must be talking about the NIT. Why would he want to dump salary or trade for a proven winner when he’s got walking heart condition Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph who looks and runs like he eats a pygmy before every game?
There’s only an outside chance of the Knicks not winning the NIT. Home court advantage all the way to the end. They just have to figure out how to shut down that pesky Drexel Dragon defense and quick-paced Marist offense. They’re like UNLV in 1990.
96th best team in the land = Mission Accomplished. Hopefully, Isiah stays in and on New York forever like herpes.
Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 at
Friday, December 28th, 2007 at
“He’s kind of in the same position Bush is in. No matter what he does, if it’s good, no one’s going to give him a break. Everything he does or the team does that doesn’t look good, he’s going to get blamed for. Isiah’s heart is in the right spot. He’s trying to do the things to manufacture a good team. Things aren’t clicking. It’s easier to fire a coach than 15 players.”
– Phil Jackson on Isiah Thomas
Four words. Stephon Marbury Eddy Curry.