Nov 2, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) drives for the basket during the first quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

James Dolan: President and GM?

In a move out of the book of the late George Steinbrenner, James Dolan (according to the New York Daily News) vetoed the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors’ trade for Kyle Lowry.

The Daily New reported:

“According to a source familiar with the talks, Dolan had second thoughts about trading for Lowry and was also — what else? — enraged that details of the proposed deal had been leaked to the media.”


According to several reports, the Knicks were prepared to trade Raymond Felton and Metta World Peace plus Iman Shumpert or Tim Hardaway Jr. or a 2018 first-round pick. The Raptors preferred the first-round pick, but Dolan — who negotiated the Carmelo Anthony trade with Raptors GM Masai Ujiri when Ujiri was with the Denver Nuggets — got cold feet about trading a future asset. That could open the door for the Brooklyn Nets to acquire Lowry instead.
“Dolan didn’t want to get fleeced again by Masai,” was how one Knicks source put it. “They had a deal ready.”

Nov 13, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) attempts a shot against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The first question to ask is, why does it matter if the news was leaked to the media? Yes, maybe Dolan can control his own employees out of fear or whatever; however, he can’t control Toronto’s employees as well. And really, what does it matter if the media knew? It makes sense to trade for Lowry; it will improve the team, it will infuse energy and talent into the backcourt.

The difference between Steinbrenner and Dolan is Steinbrenner was simply obsessed with winning. While Dolan is simply obsessed.

If my articles no longer appear, you my faithful followers will know what happened to me. We call this a Dolan Dilemma. Putting ego above team, simply does not work.

Now, I don’t mind an owner that is involved, however it was Dolan who caved on the Carmelo Anthony deal. A deal that gave away too many assets. Anthony was coming to New York, Dolan could have waited out the season and got Anthony for nothing. Like Miami got LeBron James without giving up players and draft picks.

Dolan hired and stood up for Isaiah Thomas. He fired Glen Grunwald and hired Steve Mills. Why? My Wall Street mentor and former congressman and 11 year NBA Veteran Thomas McMillen, used to always state “don’t take the responsibility without the authority” responsibility, without authority is a path to failure.

So Dolan, let Mills and Allan Houston do their jobs. Why hire them if you don’t trust them? A trade for Lowry makes sense, by the way see if you can steal Steve Novak back. Toronto is liquidating, Novak is available, maybe now Woodson would play him.

Yes, I would trade Ray Felton, Metta World Peace and a first round pick in 2020 for Lowry. 2020 is six long years away and if Anthony leaves New York, they will be long years.

So Dolan, you assumed the GM job, now do something, because this team as made up will struggle to make, yet alone succeed in the playoffs.

Dr. Eric Kaplan is a Bestselling Author
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