James Dolan believes Isiah Thomas deserves another shot; says he’s a good owner
It’s been seven years since James Dolan last agreed to do a sit-down interview about the New York Knicks and Rangers. But the Cablevision mogul finally agreed to be interviewed by the NY Post to discuss the state of the Knicks, decisions he’s made and his band. Because anytime you have a sit-down interview with Dolan, the first thing that comes to mind is the band he’s part of! Since nobody cares about Dolan traveling with the Eagles or playing with his son in his band, we’ll get right to the juicy stuff. First, Dolan says that he believes he is a good owner. That certainly is very debatable considering the state of the Knicks franchise the last 13 years. Secondly, Dolan believes Isiah Thomas deserves another shot in the NBA. Oh, sweet lord! Apparently Dolan doesn’t remember Thomas’ failed tenures the last 20 years. Here is part of the sit-down interview with Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post:
MV: Do you think you’re a good owner?
JD: Yeah. I do. MV: Why?
JD: I think I watch out for my fans. I try to give them a good product. I care for the teams. I’m emotionally involved and intellectually involved. I think an owner needs to be present. When an owner is not present that’s when things tend to go awry. The players, the coaches, the fans know there’s somebody in charge. They may not like what I’m doing but it’s much better than having nobody there. Nobody there just leaves you in despair.
MV: And you surely know the panic that ensues when a Glen Grunwald gets fired and people wonder, “Is Isiah coming back?”
JD: I can’t control what’s in other people’s minds. I can tell you that he’s a friend of mine. We speak, but not as often as we used to because he’s really involved in other things now. We’ll message back and forth once in a while. We used to talk a lot more often. He seems to be moving into another phase of his life, he’s not as basketball-centric, he’s doing a lot of charity work, he got his masters [in education, from Cal-Berkeley], he actually uses me to bounce business ideas off of …
MV: Do you still consult him, too, about basketball ideas?
JD: Not really. For Isiah, I don’t know that he’ll ever be able to work in New York. I just don’t know that he’ll ever get a fair shake, going forward in New York?
MV: Do you think that’s unfair? He did lose a lot of games here.
JD: He lost a lot of games! OK. Do I think he deserves another shot? Yeah. It just can’t be here. And I think he’s talented. I think he’s particularly talented at finding basketball talent. But I think he’s probably dismayed at this point. But I don’t see him coming back to New York. I couldn’t do that to him, and I couldn’t do that to the organization. He would probably do it as my friend but I couldn’t do it to him or his family. And you know what the press would do here. We’re interested in getting better and that situation would be such a distraction that it would actually hinder our ability to get better.