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Thanks Again, Jimmy!! Dolan’s Dumb & Dumber Impersonation Continues

Jimmy Guitar has done it again. James Dolan has yet again picked up his favorite instrument and produced another unbearable sound. But this time, it isn’t with his favorite music instrument (although, by judging from reviews, he’s not any better at that either). This sound is the one of Knicks fans all over New York City (at least the intelligent ones), lamenting yet another incredibly stupid decision by this human who masks himself as owner of a professional basketball team.

What was once seen as a laughable, it-just-wont-freaking-happen proposition is now a reality.

Jeremy Lin is headed to the Houston Rockets.

Thanks again, Jimmy.

While no official word has come from the FlipperBocker’s (remember, they’d match up to a billion dollars, Lin’s the starter next year, blah blah blah), reports are beginning to circulate that the Knicks indeed do not plan to match the Houston Rocket’s offer sheet for Lin. Less than six months after tearing up New York with his unexpected play, Lin will be on his way…and the Knicks get nothing for it.

Then again, in falls completely in line with what Dolan usually gets his franchise and it’s fan base: Nothing. (Unless you count sexual harassment cases, players sleeping with team interns and the countless raising of ticket prices as anything positive.)

This is the man that hired Scott Layden, who began the Knicks Decade of Doom at the start of the new millennium. This is the man who then hired Isiah Thomas to clean up the mess, who subsequently extended the Knicks nightmare decade and drove them into financial spiral. And when it seemed he had finally nailed one, bringing in the experienced, highly regarded and respected Donnie Walsh to clean up what had become a catastrophic clean-up job, he found a way to fumble what was a remarkable effort by Walsh and taking over the Carmelo Anthony trade saga.

This is the man who has rid New York City of such fan favorites like Patrick Ewing, Latrell Sprewell, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas in exchange for such greats like Jerome James, Maurice Taylor, Eddy Curry and Stephon Marbury.

The Knicks have improved over the past two seasons, but not at the level fans expected. And because of his middling ways, the Knicks found themselves yet again strapped financially but handing out huge paychecks with little ability to improve the roster.

And then the Lord delivered the Knicks a late Christmas present named Jeremy Lin.

Linsanity took over this city in late January like a plague. A team that spoke of championships before the start of the season had found a savior to take them out of what was a disappointing start, being on the outside of the playoff race. Fans had someone new to cheer for. Not an athlete who only came here because of the big bucks and bright lights. But a guy who was down to his last chance and turned it into a dream, the stuff only movies can create.

Comes the offseason and the main question was how to keep the phenomenon. The Knicks received yet another miracle in the Early Bird Rights Hearing, clearing the way for Lin to return to the Knicks. Despite limited financial resources, Lin was a pretty sure bet to return (because as the Knicks said, they’d match any offer up to a billion dollars).

Then came the now infamous “ridiculous” offer sheet from the Rockets, another challenge to the Knicks keeping Lin. No matter. The head coach had already announced Lin as the starter for next year at point guard. The GM had said he saw no scenario where Lin wouldn’t be a Knick. And with pockets deep enough to buy up a couple other NBA franchises, money couldn’t be an obstacle.

And then all of a sudden, money became an obstacle. All of a sudden, Lin’s almost certain Knicks return had turned doubtful. Knicks fans from here to the Heavens began their usual outcry towards a franchise that has shown them little to be proud of in the last 12 years. The team that had spent hundreds of millions of dollars on 20 and 30 win teams now had reservations about paying a young man that brought back the organization financial wealth and future promise in his playing potential.

Here was Dolan’s chance to win back some of those fans. Bringing back Lin would not clean up all the mess he has caused since 2000, but it would’ve been a great first step in doing that. Lin was no guarantee for a championship but his potential at his age is just too much to give up. Especially when you get nothing in return.

But Jimmy flopped again, like a chord in his guitar snapping off because of his terrible play.

The Knicks should be somewhat better this year, and if they get some more miracles on 34th street, they might see an NBA Finals and title. But eventually, times will return to normal and the Knicks will once again become a Doomsday franchise, just like Guitar Jimmy apparently likes it.

  • Truelifestories

    LOL!!

  • Eyc429

    It’s really painful man. You can make the argument for and against signing him, but the fact remains that what he did wiped away ALL the anguish we’ve endured for years upon years. Just to have it brought back in a single, petulant, begrudgingly bad decision.

    • http://YouTube.com/DuroSports Danny Guerrero

      I feel bad for the young fans. These last couple of years is the most success they’ve seen and it’s still been filled with drama. Crazy how much I complained at end of Ewing era about not seeing them win a title but I cherish the 90s more and more as this team makes more and more dumb moves.

  • Ron Kent

    ” This sound is the one of Knicks fans all over New York City (at least the intelligent ones), lamenting yet another incredibly stupid decision by this human who masks himself as owner of a professional basketball team”……
    Perhaps the people who tuned in to Knicks basketball only to watch Linsanity are heartbroken – the long term fan can live with this. For all the times he has made me sick James Dolan made the wise basketball decision. One of the largest gambles in sports history would not be a solid choice.
    I think Lin will fare better in Houston because if he stumbles in any way the NY fans now attacking “Guitar Jimmy” will shred him with no mercy. He might want to ask Toney Douglas about that in Houston.
    I wish Jeremy Lin the best, and thank him for his time in NYC

    • KNICKS4LIFE

      You are dead wrong about this. Letting Lin go is absolutely the wrong basketball decision. Did the New York media get to Lin last season? The kid has been incredibly successful in High School, College, and then in the pros. Even in summer league and the D-league he was great. He outplayed Kyrie Irving, Jason Kidd and Deron Williams, to name a few, during the season and he’s only 23. There’s no way the Knicks are better with Felton in his stead. Felton fluked out for a couple of months in the D’Antoni system and then returned to his, at best, mediocre basketball that he played his entire career. Lin also succeeded in a short sample size under D’Antoni but continued great play under Woodson with less PT and opportunity. He also has never been a mediocre point guard in this league and has never been a mediocre point guard in his entire life.

      And the money doesn’t affect the basketball team at all because they already are way over the luxury tax threshold. The only person who benefits from this is Dolan. It’s his money, he can do what he wants with it, but with his millions, it just feels like he is hurting the fans and the team because of some personal issues with how these events transpired.

      • riteaid

        I like Lin and do think he can play and be a productive player in the NBA. Great players don’t get bounced around summer league camps, great players don’t get cut from teams to make room for other players. Have you seen his college stats? They are OK not great, from what I read he played mostly of ball not the 1. He hit the game winner against The Rockets but, do you remember what Jose Calderon was doing to Lin before they stuck Shump on him? Did you forget what Deron Williams did to Lin the second go round? Did you forget how shell shocked he looked against Miami Mario Chalmers, are you serious? Felton was a fluke yet you have no concerns about Lin’s 35 games?

        • KNICKS4LIFE

          You make good points, riteaid. I think he was greatly undervalued coming out of harvard and that is why he bounced around the summer league, not because of his performance in Vegas which was very good. And I know his college career probably a lot better than most and saw several of his games. He played in a slower paced system. If you go to draftexpress.com and look at his pace adjusted numbers, they are much more impressive. And even though Harvard had smaller guards which forced Lin to be the 2, he was still the primary playmaker. As far as the “second go round” with D-Will, do you mean when Lin had 21 points and nine assists? Felton was a fluke because he is a career 40% shooter, but shot lights out for a couple of months before resorting back to his old ways. Lin has had one bad game, in 25 games of legitimate minutes. Small sample size, but much bigger than rookies who people annoint potential stars on draft day. We had a potential star and we let him go for nothing.

          • riteaid

            Lin may have had 21 but Williams drooped 38 6 dimes and was bombing three’s without regard, Lin turtle-up Williams did what he wanted plus we lost the game.

            Personally I feel like Lin over played his hand, if he wanted to say in NY he would be in a NY uniform today. Reports were Knicks informed Lin they were going to match the original deal, he went back to the Rockets they revised the deal he flew to Vegas signed the contract. Because the Knicks lets it be know they would match any any offer, it looks like Lin tried to get a bigger payday. I’m not mad you’re worth what someone is willing to pay you get every penny you can. To me he figured NY would match any deal got the Rockets to pony-up and NY did not bite.

          • KNICKS4LIFE

            I think he wanted to stay in NY, and just thought he could get more money, like you said, and the Knicks would still match. But then it backfired on him when they didn’t. I think that’s because Dolan wanted it to backfire on him and I don’t think Woodsen was ever in love with him. I agree, good for Lin, he got paid. Bad for the Knicks IMO because they lost a young asset. I also think if we were watching Lin and Felton every night there would be no doubt the Knicks are a much better team w/ Lin. But because he does have some weaknesses and we are talking about his game rather than actually watching him, we forget how good he was last year and how bad Felton was. Same thing with drafting players. Guys like Sullinger get undervalued because they don’t look like the conventional NBA player, but there are just guys who are ballers and get it done. That’s what I think Lin is and those guys get underrrated in the offseason.

    • http://YouTube.com/DuroSports Danny Guerrero

      Of course the long term fan can live with it. However, it has to anger itself with the continued ineptitude of a front office that continually talks about bringing championships to the city. Letting Lin go for nothing is absolutely the wrong move. This team now has no ways of improving in the next three years, other than a trade involving one of the Big 3 or vet minimum deals. You weren’t losing ANYTHING by bringing Lin on board. All this hyped talk of the third year….are we in the third year already???

    • JamesDolanIsTerrible

      Ron Kent, you might be right, if re-signing Lin would mean losing players, draft picks or cap space that could be used on other, superior players. Too bad that is not the case.

      The Knicks are already capped out, even without Lin. Be thanks to the union’s arbitration victory, the Knicks could have gone over the cap to re-sign him. The money they saved by letting Lin walk however, CANNOT be used to add on additional talent (as those players would not have early-Bird rights, like Lin). This will merely save James Dolan some luxury tax dollars. But the savings cannot be used to add talent to the Knicks roster.

      Lin is obviously a risk. He has a limited track record, and he might end up being a bust. But he might end up being a pretty solid PG. But James Dolan decided he didn’t want to pay to take that chance on Lin. If any Knick fans, for some bizarre reason, care about Dolan’s bank account, I guess this might be an acceptable move. But understand, he gave up on the chance that Lin pans out, and will get NOTHING in return as far as basketball talent.

      After everything Dolan has put the Knicks fan base through, after the fans fall in love with Lin, Dolan just couldn’t bring himself to taking a chance on him.

      This is an enormous slap in the face to all the fans who have stuck with this team through years of abominable management.

  • elmelao

    Sometimes in life there is more than what you see on the surface. Personally, I think Lin would be nice to keep, for the fan’s sake. But in the bussiness world, there is more than emotional attachment when making decisions. Dolan and his associates have to make decisions based on many factors, not only on one (which might be a very important one) or a two. Check this article from the Wall Street Journal: http://blogs.wsj.com/marketbeat/2012/07/17/analysts-to-knicks-dump-jeremy-lin/

    • http://YouTube.com/DuroSports Danny Guerrero

      If we’re looking at this decision in terms of just finance, why are you worried about future payments? You’re looking at a price tag of $5 million per in the first two years, a bargain in NBA terms, to see if a player who showed tremendous potential could grow on that. If he does become great, he’s a bargain until the third year. If he doesn’t develop as many would have hoped, his contract is still a valuable commodity in an NBA world where teams take on huge contracts in their final year in order to rid themselves of longer contracts. What is a burden to an team trying to rebuild can be important pieces to a team trying to win a championship, as the Knicks supposedly say they are doing.