At least James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan is consistent.
The band leader, who doubles as Madison Square Gulag boss, brought his set-list (we could see him checking it) to ESPN-98.7/YES’ “The Michael Kay Show” on Tuesday and sang the blues, once again blaming others for his failed, dysfunctional regime.
This amounted to his rendition, albeit a poor one, of Linda Ronstadt’s “Poor Poor Pitiful me.” No matter who does the interviewing, Dolan, who turned on his smiling nebbish persona, is always the victim, always travelling with a packet of Pity Party invitations.
So, it wasn’t Dolan’s fault for stopping to confront that fan (“sell the team”) as he walked through the Garden tunnel Saturday afternoon.
No, this was all about getting poor Jimmy, Dolan said. It was the fan’s fault for “stalking” him and setting a trap for him to be “ambushed” in a plot hatched by the dastardly TMZ, who just happened to be doing its job.
And in a stunning revelation, Dolan said he has nothing to do with the negative publicity his inept, alleged NBA franchise receives. He told Kay he blames The New York Daily News for that.
Dolan gleefully told Kay he, personally, has banned various News Knicks beat reporters (the most recent Stefan Bondy) from press conferences and conference calls. If Kay probed just a bit further, Dolan would have admitted to having his PR operatives following News reporters around MSG since he took over the franchise. See, Guitar Jimmy wrote the book on stalking.
“We’re sending the Daily News a message,” a “defiant” Dolan told Kay. “… If they hate us that much why are they there?”
Dolan also accused the fan who confronted him of “reading the Daily News too much.”
Dolan should be absolutely thrilled the News, or any other outlet, still covers the Knicks. In reality, the Knicks receive mostly positive coverage from the media outlets (especially inside the Valley of the Stupid) who put up with Dolan’s control/crap because they don’t want to be cut-off and lose the potential crumbs MSG feeds newspapers like The New York Post.
For years, the only Knicks stuff to cover is what they might do “in the summer” or “next season.” The only time the Knicks make “compelling” news is when Dolan publicly shows his true colors, acting like a jackass. And even when he is the story, he can’t keep his story straight.
Kay exposed Dolan as a flip-flopper on the fan thing. When asked if he should’ve just walked on by, or just waved to the fan, Dolan said it “might” have been the best course to take. Dolan even said he considered inviting the fan back to another Knicks game. But when his security force (was it “Kevin?”) unearthed this twisted TMZ “plot” all bets were off and the fan has been banned from the Gulag, relegated to watching games on Dolan’s Knicks See-No-Evil Network.
Yet even Dolan’s Trumpian conspiracy theory, finished a distant second to his dismissal of the Knicks being a public trust, an essential vein of the city’s heartbeat. While this is a romantic notion, it was thoroughly embraced by the public companies that owned the Knicks before Dolan’s poppa Charles put it under little Jimmy’s Christmas tree.
Kay gave Dolan every opportunity to say that, at least in spirit, the Knicks belong to their loyal fan base. He wasn’t buying that notion.
Instead he gloated over the fact that the Gulag is averaging over 18,000 for Knick games (10th best attendance in the league). “For a team with as many losses as we have, that might be some sort of NBA record,” Dolan said.
Yep, that’s something to be proud of.
One of the most telling moments of the interview, which also featured Don La Greca (who works for Dolan as a Rangers voice) and Peter Rosenberg (who appeared to be acting as a Dolan’s defacto PR man) was when Kay asked Dolan if he wanted to be beloved?
Dolan said he had no need for that kind of sentiment.
Then, making sure he hit all the points he wanted to cover. Dolan, reading from his notes, started talking about “if someone gets in his face again…..” Then what?
Who knows, And why even care.
Just blame it all on The New York Daily News.