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|With Lin now officially a member of the Houston Rockets, Jim Dolan is once again at the forefront of the sports world. My big question is how the hell are their people who are hated, continually f*ck things up, and yet consistently get more and more chances to **** it up. Me, and say... 400 million people could run the sports side of MSG better than Dolan does. Luckily for us Rangers fans, he seems to have been removed from the equation to some degree. The 5 majors players in the Rangers seem to now be in cahoots against Dolan himself. Building from within, saying no when another team says give us your 3 best players under 24 and we will give you a guy who is almost 30, and had 60 points last season, aka. Rick Nash, and just not really being a Dolan team. |
The Knicks however obviously do not hold this luxury. And also as a fan of the Mets, this is Jose Reyes all over again. No, Lin is no where near the player Reyes is, but the comparison is more about how they were handled. The Mets said to Reyes, you want to see how much you can get, go find out, tell us, and we will match if we can. Well, obviously when the team who brought you up, where you played every day of professional baseball you have had, says "go see what you can get", its safe to say that that player will probably not being coming back with offers. Much as Reyes did, taking an offer he liked and never letting the Mets in on it.
Well sounds a lot like Lin. Tell him to go see what he's worth, and you'll surely match it, how could you not? And then oddly enough Lin is thinking "WTF?!" So was it kind of back handed for Lin to secretly fly back to Houston and tell them to change the deal? Yeah, definitely. But so was not offering him a deal in the first place, and then bitching about how unfair it is you have to just say yes or no to a contract.
Really good article on it all from Grantland: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8174968/jeremy-lin-leaving-new-...
Really glad it looks like the Rangers actually care about competing and not just filling the seats.
|I actually think Knicks did the right thing. |
That being said, I think Dolan is one of the most despicable persons on earth.
|The Knicks are one of the most incompetent organizations in the NBA. Dolan still has his little birdie, Isaiah, whispering in his ear. |
It took Donnie Walsh a few years to undo the mess Isaiah made, and once he had at least gotten the financial freedom to make deals, Dolan blew up the entire roster and handicapped the team by making the Carmelo deal.
The Knicks have been outmanuevered by the Rockets, and are trying to save face by saying it's the luxury tax.....but why are they in that hole in the first placeA? Could it be because Dolan wanted his "star power" and spent his ass off on big three of the front court, and now he has to shop bargain basement for the back court?
Meanwhile, Lin may have been a poor investment anyway. The Garden is sold out...so Lin isn't selling any more tickets. The rsidual income of Lin jerseys and Knick apparel is split 30 ways. Same with TV revenue. Plus, the ball has to go through Carmelo.
Felton is going to dribble up, look for Carmelo, pass it to him and get out of the way. Lin would have drove the lane, tested the D and looked for options. That wans't going to work for Melo-mania.
Despite that, Lin would only have cost Dolan money. He has enough to pay the tax.....instead he got p*ssed off at Lin & the Rockets, and wound up spinning it this way. If Lin becomes a top point guard in the NBA, the Knicks, and DOlan are going to look foolish.
And they're not going to win with Carmelo Anthony.
|Knicks made the right decision money-wize. That would have been an absurd offer for the Knicks to match.|
sark76 - 2012-07-19 4:01 PM
Knicks made the right decision money-wize. That would have been an absurd offer for the Knicks to match.
That's one way to look at it....but here's another.
The Knicks window is NOW....the next 2 years or so. If they signed Lin, the luxury tax implications would have been for 3 years from now.
If the Knicks didn't contend this year, or the year after that, thay would have had to break up the team, by getting rid of Amare, or Melo, or Chandler...someone fromthe big 3 would have to be gotten rid of. (Kinda solves the lux-tax implicatiosn right there, doesn;t it?)
So they decided to let go of a 23 yr old guard.....who demanded that the ball be distributed, that the lane be penetrated, and also demanded that the players without the ball MOVED. (That certainly isn't Melo's style....)
Edited by Coachrd 2012-07-20 12:15 PM
|I think its a great move,so now hopefully the Knicks wont make the playoffs,and the Ice wont be S**T during the Rangers playoff run this year....I love the move!!|
ej17 - 2012-07-20 9:44 PM
I think its a great move,so now hopefully the Knicks wont make the playoffs,and the Ice wont be S**T during the Rangers playoff run this year....I love the move!!
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