There are some who believe that the reason behind this slump is primarily due to the presence of team owner James Dolan. He stopped just short of declaring that stars were on their way to NY and the playoffs were a certainty next season.
Knicks and Rangers owner James Dolan said the fan he argued with at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night is now banned for life. We have video which shows them moving from one side of the arena to the other and pointing to me to set this ambush up and they did. "They were stalking me", Dolan said. The billionaire stopped and responded, "So you think I should sell the team?" and waved the fan over. The former Knicks great was arrested after an altercation with a security guard at Madison Square Garden in 2017. "What they are doing is they are trying to destabilize what we have, because they know that we are favored, they know that free agents want to come to us".
"I can't see letting him back in", Dolan said.
Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Allonzo Trier and Dennis Smith Jr. have played hefty minutes for the Knicks, but that could change if Dolan gets his way in the offseason.
A TMZ video shows Dolan hearing the fan and stopping to call him closer. He said it becomes the taunting problem when people become "confrontational". "You are not allowed to stalk the owner and then confront him like that".
Dolan brushed off the notion that the incident may have contributed to possible concerns among high-profile free agents about coming to NY, calling the city "the mecca" of basketball. "We can't respond because of the National Basketball Association rules, etc., but that doesn't stop them from telling us, and they do".
"Not for nothing, I shouldn't have taken the bait", he said.
Dolan ended the interview by making it clear that he was not going to sell the team or quit his job.