Adam Silver Has a Actual Conundrum on His Fingers With James Dolan

One other day, one other video of James Dolan childishly permitting himself to get baited by a troll with the justifiable place that Dolan ought to promote the Knicks. NBA commissioner Adam Silver deep down has to know that Dolan’s possession of the Knicks is horrendous for the collective league, however what can he actually do about it? Final week he issued a lifetime ban for a fan who yelled this to him at MSG, and right now video emerges of him telling a fan to go away a music pageant for holding up a “Give up your day job. Promote the Knicks” signal throughout a JD and the Straight Shot set. Right here is @JDSSband response to the signal I despatched you @TheFrankIsola and @NBA. The person is a bully and a fraud. He has no enterprise being affiliated with the @nyknicks . None. — Kevin DiStasio (@slickandquick) March 14, 2019 This video is from 2016 and is seeing the sunshine of day due to the video from final week. In “protection” of the video from MSG, Dolan gave a haphazard and erratic clarification on the Michael Kay Present, claiming he was “ambushed by the fan”: The Knicks are 13-55, and whereas a few of this can be a results of being unhealthy on objective they aren’t the one group tanking however they are the worst group within the NBA. They’ve been atrocious for practically 20 years. They’ve received one playoff sequence for the reason that flip of the century. However once more, what can Adam Silver actually do about it? This isn’t a Donald Sterling factor the place the previous Clippers proprietor was recorded being overtly racist, his estranged spouse was keen to cooperate with the NBA’s gross sales course of, and there was a purchaser in Steve Ballmer paying a report worth for an NBA group. Dolan, who went on the report comparatively just lately saying he would promote for the correct worth however has since retaliated in opposition to a report from Invoice Simmons that he was courting presents, would virtually actually tie up any effort of the NBA’s different house owners to extricate the franchise from him. It may take years to wind its means by way of the courts and it will get very ugly. Furthermore, as a lot as the opposite 29 house owners would presumably acknowledge that eradicating Dolan from their ranks can be for the speedy higher good of the Affiliation, do they actually wish to create a precedent that doubtlessly could possibly be used in opposition to them at a later date? Virtually actually, Silver’s fingers are tied. Possibly the Knicks in some way a way land Kevin Durant, regardless of themselves, and turn into related once more. This might be nice for the ravenous basketball followers in New York, and likewise assist the NBA re-balance its star-power within the conferences. Everybody simply wants to carry their breath and hope that Dolan doesn’t smash this chance along with his petulance.