Sep 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; President and CEO of cablevision systems corporation and executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden company James Dolan looks on during a press conference to announce the 2015 NBA All-Star weekend in New York City at Industria Superstudio. The skill competition will be held at the Barclays Center and the All-Star game will be held at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks: #ThatsSoDolan

Upon hearing the latest bizarre decree from King Joffrey Dolan, after all these years it’s seemingly become apparent that he’s finally directing his rage to the real source of the New York Knicks’ parade of embarrassing failures: The Knicks City Dancers.

Mar 31, 2013; New York, NY, USA; The Knicks City Dancers perform during the first half against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

That’s right, the famed Knicks City Dancers who have straddled the familiar territory of being the Garden’s lone hometown highlights on many a night. Literally a week after I wrote about James Dolan being the most frightening things Knicks fans have to face this season, we see even more evidence in what is a long history of alarming and erratic behavior.  And with that, lets file another entry under #ThatsSoDolan. Like many Knick writers, I’ve been pretty vocal about my distaste for Dolan. As a long-time suffering fan, I can say it with authoritative vigor when I blame Dolan for just about all of the Knicks’s misfortunes. As the owner, he’s the head of this snake regardless of what the Knicks record show or even how unprepared the players have looked this season.

However, I actually have to cut Dolan some slack here. I can’t believe I’m about to do so, but here it goes. While being angry at the Knicks City Dancers is bat-#%& crazy, I’m actually pleased someone at MSG actually is upset by the Knicks slow start to the season. In fact, perhaps his reported “expectation” that the Knicks will win a title this year isn’t a gross over-estimation but rather a motivating motif? In the upside-down world of Dolan, I don’t think that even he can expect anything more than another paltry playoff performance, so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt that he wants this year’s team to break past their pedestrian expectations and actually prove many sports writers wrong.

We know how personal Dolan can take how the media presents him, and I think it’s not a bad thing necessarily to have an owner that demands success. In a league where many owners probably forget they even own teams and make vanity purchases of sports clubs in hopes of just adding it to their portfolios, it’s refreshing to read about an owner storming off the court. Of course Steve Mills has little to do with how the current roster is constructed or the Dancers’ routines, so directing his rage at him is still misguided. Hopefully Dolan can sit tight for a few games and resist from making a panic trade, but what’s more important here is that his anger has been documented and Coach Woodson certainly got the memo of righting this ship before it drifts any further out to sea.

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