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.