Happier times for James Dolan
Breaking news: NBA team owners can tell their own fans to get lost without fear of official reprisal.
In case you missed it, James Dolan’s New York Knicks are on track to be one of the worst teams in NBA history. Yesterday, Gawker blog Deadspin reported that Dolan told one exasperated Knicks fan that the team didn’t need him, anyway…but he won’t be punished because he kept the insulting language at a PG-13 level.
The email is something of a masterpiece in miscommunication: in it, Dolan calls 73 year-old Irving Bierman “a hateful mess” before guessing that he must be an alcoholic and recommending that he try sobriety. The last line?
“In the mean while start rooting.for the Nets because the Knicks dont want you.
Today, Bierman told two local radio hosts that he takes the whole thing to be a joke — and so, apparently, does the NBA.
Commissioner Adam Silver told the New York Post that Dolan is “a consummate New Yorker” (as if that’s relevant) who simply chose to respond to “an unkind email” with another unkind email.
Even Knicks star Carmelo Anthony defended Dolan, saying, “We all have those moments” before adding that yes, it’s probably not a great idea to insult one of the few people whose fandom seems sincere:
“I get the frustration coming from the fans … but we’re the ones going through it, too, and we have to deal with it, too. We have to come to work everyday and play hard and stay focused whether we’re winning or losing.”
The Knicks are currently dead last in the NBA with a 10-41 record.