A list of James Dolan’s most embarrassing moments in public relations.
There is a strange relationship between New York Knicks fans and James Dolan. While many would give their right hand – the same ones they used to pump the air in celebration when Patrick Ewing was leading the team deep into the playoffs each season – to see Dolan sell the team, many also spend their time on Twitter, using that same right hand, to defend the man against the media.
Knicks fans are in a broken relationship, they know it sucks, which is why they don’t need anyone else to tell them it does.
So if you’re a Knicks fan that navigated to this headline, I understand you enter with some trepidation and/or frustration. Trust me, I am one of you.
But the point of this article is not so much to talk about what we already know: James Dolan is a terrible owner of the Knicks. It is to pinpoint an area of obvious weakness, which, quite frankly, has nothing to do with the team winning basketball games on the court.
In other words, these blunders could have happened whether the team was winning 20 games each season, or sixty. People laugh at them more because they are attached to a losing franchise.
Before we get into the list, it is important for people to understand how obsessive the Knicks owner is about even mundane details related to public relations. The social media team was afraid to tweet the final score of games the Knicks lost this season—think about that. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Knicks PR reaches out to me after writing this article (I know you’re watching).
With that said, let’s get into James Dolan’s most embarrassing PR moments.