James Dolan actually scores a win. Of course, not in basketball
New York Knicks owner James Dolan has reasons to celebrate as congressman Max Rose is set to lose his position to his political rival in Nicole Malliotakis. Dolan previously had a feud with Rose who pleaded the former to sell the franchise amidst the team’s struggles. Dolan responded by donating $50,000 to Malliotakis, as per the New York Daily News‘ Stefan Bondy.
Big win for Knicks owner James Dolan as it appears his enemy Max Rose will lose his congressional seat to hardline conservative Nicole Malliotakis.
Rose pleaded for Dolan to sell the Knicks and Dolan responded by donating over $50k to Malliotakis.
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) November 4, 2020
“They don’t make the playoffs. Nothing’s happening,” Rose told TMZ Sports in an interview. “Every year that they don’t make the playoffs, New York City loses out. We lose a piece of our soul. Sell tomorrow. Sell today. Do it for the good of all of us, brother!”
Back in February of 2020, Dolan already expressed his reluctance to sell the franchise amidst the clamor, via the Knicks’ PR page on Twitter.
Statement from Madison Square Garden Executive Chairman and CEO James L. Dolan: pic.twitter.com/91G6Qf8OBc
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 6, 2020
The billionaire wanted the team to head a different direction, which recently prompted a front-office shakeup. He instated former sports agent Leon Rose to be the team’s new president along with a tenured tactician in Tom Thibodeau to coach the players from the sidelines.
Dolan first took over the Knicks organization back in 1999, the same year when they went to their last trip to the NBA Finals. The team went on to make the playoffs just six times over the past 21 seasons which includes an active seven-year playoff drought, the third-longest mark in the league.
The Knicks had another down year in the 2019-2020 season as they finished with a disappointing 17-65 record to nab the 15th spot in the Eastern Conference. With a new set of faces at the helm this time around, the Knicks aim to rise from obscurity and finally return to relevance in the coming years.