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November 18, 2007

Dark days for Knick fans

Knicks I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about what a great time it is to be a Boston sports fan. With the Red Sox championship, the Pats running away from the rest of the NFL, Boston fans don't even have the time to focus in on how great their Celtics are this year.  Good times if you are a Boston sports fan for sure.  On the other hand I just grow more depressed every time I read anything about the NY Knicks. This once proud franchise, the home of warriors like Willis Reed, Jerry Lucas, Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley is being run into the ground by the twin headed leadership of James Dolan and Isiah Thomas. 

The Dolan's who own Cablevision, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Musical Hall, the Knicks and the Rangers, seem to think the basketball team is a hobby for the owners son.  Since they have taken over ownership the team has consistently underperformed with one of the highest payrolls in the league.  The biggest mistake seems to have been hiring Isiah Thomas.  He may have been a good player, but he is not a great basketball coach or exec and based on recent court cases, is not a very nice person either. The team is beset by internal fighting with Thomas and point guard Stephon Marbury involved in a fist fight.  A guilty verdict in a sexual harassment suit and odd personnel moves that leave fans scratching their heads in wonder if anyone there has a clue. They have not had a winning season in longer than I can remember.

The shame of it all is that the Knicks are a terrific draw.  In spite of sky high ticket prices, Knick tickets are still a hot item in NY.  In the face of all of the recent bad news, the Dolans refuse to do anything about getting rid of Thomas.  I think it is time Knick fans start speaking with their wallets and boycott this team until either the Dolan's sell or bring in someone else to run the team!  In the meantime, I am ashamed at being a Knick fan and find it impossible to encourage my kids to root for this sorry sack of a team.

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