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New York Knicks: James Dolan Should Coach Team

(New York Daily News)

Hours after negotiating a buyout with the Knicks, Metta World Peace said that James Dolan would make a “great coach” for the team.

Here’s Metta’s full comment on Dolan:

“In my opinion, Mr. Dolan has the right personality to be a coach from this standpoint: he’s not afraid to say what’s on his mind. He commands attention when he speaks to us. And it’s not like if he wanted the job he couldn’t have it. He owns the team.”

The typical reaction to that statement is very likely that Metta is out of his mind, he’s an “alien”, and nothing he says should ever be taken seriously.

While Dolan making a “great coach” is highly unlikely, he should still coach the team.

Doing so would make Dolan truly see that the roster decisions he makes result in the Knicks losing games, and he would be forced to answer to the media on a daily basis.

(Twitter) Metta World Peace has said a lot of crazy things, but making James Dolan coach is not one of them.

Metta World Peace has said a lot of crazy things, but making James Dolan coach is not one of them.

In his current role as owner of the team, Dolan doesn’t really talk much, he stays behind the scenes, all while the Knicks continually get ripped apart for losing.

Dolan’s reputation as owner is of someone who if you disagree with him, you either quit or you get fired. He’s had great basketball minds, people like Larry Brown and Donnie Walsh who could have easily brought the Knicks back to respectability.  Walsh had the Knicks going on the right path, until Dolan forced Walsh to trade for Carmelo Anthony during the season.  If the Knicks had waited, Carmelo could have very well fallen on the Knicks laps in free agency.

The problem was these great basketball people couldn’t deal with James Dolan, and moved onto other opportunities. That’s led to the Knicks being left with puppet like coaches and management that are forced to kiss up to the boss in order to keep their jobs.

Quite frankly, it’s time to give Dolan a taste of his own medicine and put him on the sidelines for every Knicks game.  I know I’d like to see that.

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  1. Aj Henneberger

    February 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I agree with your points, but the Melo trade was not as simple as you make it seem. The Nets were in on Melo, which drove the Knicks price up. Dolan did not want to see the Nets, who were moving to NY soon at the time, to “steal” a player from the team (which he and Knicks fans feared would be a symbol of them taking the city). But again, you are spot on with your assessment of Dolan.

    • Lucas Frankel

      February 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Melo wasn’t going to resign with the Nets though, he was adamant throughout the process of playing for the Knicks.

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