2. The Open Letter to James Dolan
Mr. James Dolan, congratulations on presenting the Knicks fan base with a team that is above .500 and currently in playoff position as the NBA nears the All Star break. The tide appears to be turning on a decade of ineptitude over at Madison Square Garden. Thank you for finally relenting to the Stewardship (imported from without) of Donnie Walsh. I don't know you any more than a bump on a log deep in the woods but despite much negative press, there are many things that I do read and hear about you out in the airwaves, the dailies and the blogosphere that I can respect.
For one thing, I can admire the loyalty you afford your friends. It's neat that you have maintained your friendship with Isaiah Thomas despite the slings and arrows lobbied at Thomas' direction. Especially so, since "Zeke" fell on the sword for the organization. Fell hard, while desperately trying to retool the Knicks rather than rebuild them in the far off days before the multi star alignments of super teams and friends.
It's also admirable that at a certain point you were willing to acknowledge your franchise's disarray and ask for and accept help from without. And good help indeed from none other than Donnie Walsh. An old shark and the West's very own version of a Zen Rock Gardener. It's also excellent that you've thus far have given the old shark free reign to reconstruct the franchise. Even better that the old Soviet era media policy has been lifted like the iron curtain from Russia. Heck now the Knicks go viral with the likes of Landry Fields.
What's even more admirable is that you're combative and willing to fight to advance a position, defend your turf and defend your friend. It's not just that you put your money where your mouth is to back Zeke up with what many in these hear parts label ABS (all bullsquat). Then there's the battle against the construction of West Side Stadium to protect your home turf and back yard. Sure you don't win em all but you do back your causes and take the fight to the adversary. Wholly admirable!
Now let fill you in on why I'm writing this letter to you.
Isn't it unfair that when the Knicks finally play by the rules of cap space, roster flexibility and the solid draftsmanship of young assets that the league may just pull the rug out from underneath the model you've adopted under Walsh's stewardship. I mean does a personal trainer pull out a monster buffet out in front of the winner of the biggest loser diet?
Aren't you already about to pay a ransom to small and mid sized market teams because they all need that fat wad of cheddar from your lucrative media empire? That the league would consider pulling out the rug out from underneath the excellent fiscal and talent rehab job your organization has undertaken simply to feed the lesser franchise all while slapping big markets like yours with an all at once stringent new CBA is insulting and dasterdly. Your broadcast revenues in a more revenue sharing friendly league would support welfare franchises like Denver who are now asking for even more in exchange for Anthony. Playing you and your lesser big market rival Prokhorov against one another.
Denver appears to be playing divide and conquer from within with you and your management team. They are pitting you against rivals. Media outlets (and I'm sure the Nuggets) swing around the the threat of a new CBA with franchise tags and an all in at once implementation. This has always been there dark card of fear to play against Carmelo and the reason he may be fickle resulting in the different postures within your organization to sell the whole damn barn. But if you sell that whole damn barn for some very good seed won't you end up like a sharecropper with nary an acre of land let alone a mule. Back to the drawing board? Two stars and no supporting cast? Seriously!
But the thing is that since you're a fighter who has backed those in your corner, then why not now threaten to fight and fight if necessary the all at once new CBA that throws dirty and the best rebuilding effort the Garden has seen in a decade?
I can't believe that your Knicks and all big market ownership with vast broadcast empires and revenues streams can look upon a franchise tag with warmth. Wouldn't such a world under a harder if not hard cap, with a franchise tag be one that limits the free flow of Stars. The flow of Stars to the big Markets that are in best position to showcase such stars and generate more revenue off such talent
Then why not then back the hard poker playing man whose revived your team. Get Donnie back and bargains and fights the franchise tag and an all at once implementation of a hard cap. If the Nuggets are wielding fear like a wild berserker in an attempt to pit you against a rival and all the while fracturing your ownership group, then do the same. Divide ownership and gather your large market allies who also abhor an all at once hard cap and franchise tag. Take Denver's biggest piece of fear induced leverage away from them.
If you have ever taken a stand for his team do so now. Stop being the obsequious weak link in the Knicks bargaining shop. Don't offer the whole plantation for good seed to be left a sharecropper. Sure make a firm and fair offer (IMHO Felton, (one of Fields, Gallinari or Chandler) a first rounder from trading Randolph and another first rounder). But don't give it all away. Most importantly stand united with your management team. Denver is looking to exploit weakness from within your organization.
Lastly fight it out if necessary to take out Denver's biggest piece of fear inducing leverage, even if it means threatening or actually fracturing ownership. You and Madison Square Garden have done all Stern's asked for to rebuild the Knicks and rehab its public image. Isn't it about time he not pull the rug out from underneath you and work with your big market brethren to phase in the provision of a new CBA that undermine all the fine work your organization's been doing.
Just blogging but I sort of mean it (as naive as that may be)!
Today, 3:30, You can only take a man at his word,
"LOS ANGELES -- Carmelo Anthony said Friday "no meeting at all" is scheduled with the New Jersey Nets and didn't know what he would say if one does happen.
Speaking at an NBA Cares community service event, Anthony said a reported meeting that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was seeking with the All-Star forward was "news to me."
"I haven't heard it," Anthony said.
Russian billionaire Prokhorov told Nets executives last month to end drawn-out trade talks for Anthony, a day before they had been scheduled to meet.
"If I was to meet with that guy, to be honest I really don't know what I would say," Anthony said.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/nets/sitdown_with_nets_denied_by_melo_eT7EYl07onsw8F7JpGlSQN#ixzz1ELRKVrd8
O & B:
Re: Dolan's pending meeting with Melo, he need not focus on the ambiguous future regarding the vagueries of NBA collective bargaining, the threat of a "Lockout," or the allocation of cap space and max contract limits--all of which are nebulous. Rather Dolan should strees the opportunity to build a chanmpionship franchise and a chance for a ticker-tape parade from Battery Park to City Hall in one or two years as opposed to an unlikely parade down Flatbush Avenue in 2018, if ever. [Note if Nets trade Favors and Harris + 2 No 1 draft choices, who will be left for Melo to play with on a competitive level? Will he experience the remote possibilty of a deep playoff run much less a Ring in his lifetime?]. Does he want to play the next two years at the Swampland before moving to Brooklyn? Does Melo want to play a song (Melo -dy) with Jay Z or have a Mega-Melo star role in a movie by Spike Lee?
Additionally, Dolan should stress Peaceman's idea of limitless endorsements, and his own product line of T -shirts, snakers, caps and cologne, condoms, etc. that will come with Mecca stardom, SRO crowds at MSG and lucrative appearances, a post-career autobiography, and the like. All of the above should bring any Megalo (Melo) maniac dreams of grandiose riches far beyond his player salary--which should still be substantial regardless of Stern's threats and posturing. Melo's uniform number hanging gloriously one day from the Garden rafters will bring him eternal satisfactin.
That Denver has granted Melo permission to meet with the Knicks and Nets owners is a sign that the Nuggets are facing the reality of Melo leaving and want to attain the best deal available--which means Melo must hold out and hold fast for the Knicks and refuse to sign an extension with all other suitors. Jimmy D. must reassure him that if he doesn't come now for a fair (not an extortionist) trade, he can come later and all the blessings and good things of Mecca will come to those who wait and follow their heart.
Jimmy D: If you read 0 & B's "Open Letter" above, read this reply post as well. LGK
Lives: Where are you on all of this?
The die is cast, it's Melo-dy (Good one Post Up) or Malody for us.It's just about what the brother wants to do, period.Forget all the posturing, that's just about a price.Melo, not Mallo-mar, has already made a decision, see LeBron, allowing an MSG holdup is just the honerable thing to do to for the people who's table you've eaten at.He's gonna go where he's earned the right to choose.Nothing wrong with that no matter where it is.LeBron chose and he had the same right.Fortunately, he seems to want a big city lifestyle.Chi is the only player in town I see.Getting smaller is not a great option these days.The NBA is a star league, you take a star's money you have no league.Melo can take a little less if necessary and make it up here.He has Nothing But Accountants to figure that out.It comes down to what the brother really wants.He can come now, or he can come later.Denver is only a pauper at the table.Melo is sitting at the head of the table deciding who gets whatever scraps are left.If he comes, he comes.If not we have a decent team on the way up.Get rid of Mike, play some D and we'll be even better.We have bigger problems.We're all living in Zeke's shadow.
O&B, scriptologer, great job!
Just got a text from Dolan! He said to tell O&B.... I'll keep fields...but the rest of the Pidgeons will go in a heartbeat! Dolan says he can fill any need this year with better results than Gallo, Chandler and Felton, from the D-league, Isaih Thomas said he will give Walsh & Dantoni his perscription of Ambien!
@Tman Hope that source is correct and Anthony is not the marshmello other media sources are depicting him to be. Fickle and scared.
@Post_up_Prince Post UP
I wholeheartedly agree with you about what Dolan should discuss with Melo should they meet.
The point of this column is to ask that Dolan use the financial muscle of the broadcast empire he has in a large media market to 1) angle for a CBA that doesn't have a franchise tag or phases it in after a few years of the new CBA; 2) that he angle also for a phasing in of the hard cap. Why should he do this? Well I think if he does this he buys either Walsh or Zeke to manuever for more players and he also takes away the overhyped angle of fear the Denver would like to wield about a rougher tougher new CBA that could lock Melo into a franchise tag model. I mean if DOlan via cablevision and the Garden large market are going to finance and share revenue with small markets, should he and other large market owners w/ big broadcast empires angle for something in return.
It's sort of art of warish but it's a good time to demand a phase in if you're broacast money is going to save the pauper franchises of the league that are crying uncle for handouts. Hmmmm?????
@Tman Seems to me Zeke tries to make statements w/ his trades. Walsh builds looking forward. I like the forward thinking approach. Then again Zeke was under Dolan's retool not rebuild mandate.
@Tman I agree entirely: "It comes down to what the brother really wants.He can come now, or he can come later." Melo: must first know what will be most "Melodious" for his own soul. As Socrates said: "Know Thyself" and Shakespeare wrote: "Above All, To Thine Own Self Be True."
@Tman Thanks MR. T. and with that I'm back to ho hum. LOL!
@Orange_and_Blue @Peaceman O & B: No need to put up both Gallo and Chandler. A package of Gallo (keep Chandler if possible), Felton, and a No 1 draft choice (attained by a trade for either E-Curry's contract or Randolph) + a throw in from either Rautins, Walker or Mason should be enough to get Melo + Billups.
@Peaceman Felton, Chandler, Gallo and the swap of Randolph for a 1st rounder plus a Knicks first rounder is as fair an offer the Knicks can make. Nuggets get two up and coming wings, two draft picks a very productive offensively capable point guard in his prime.
I don't see how Favors is better than wilson or the Nets Harris is better than Felton right now. Gallinari still has po-tential.
Let's go Knicks! OBTW Peaceman, I'm trying to do an inception. If dolan fights to insure that a franchise tage or an all at once hard cap isn't implemented all at once, it takes away the leverage and fear the Nuggets purport to loom over a now fickle Anthony. Ya dig?