New York Knicks owner James Dolan is known for shooting his mouth off, making dumb decisions and plenty of other things that gets him press for all of the wrong reasons.
Before Wednesday’s season opening win against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Knicks owner set some pretty unrealistic expectations for the club for the 2013-14 seasons, as in he expects a championship.
A source told ESPN New York’s Ian Begley that while in a meeting with some of New York’s coaching staff and executives, Dolan expressed his belief that the Knicks will bring home the NBA Championship this season.
In a recent meeting with the Knicks coaching staff and some team executives, Dolan said that he believes that the team has enough talent to win an NBA title and he expects them to do so this season, league sources with knowledge of the owner’s message during the meeting confirmed.
He told them he believes they have enough talent to win it all, one source said, and he expects it to happen this year.
I find it a bit laughable that he “expects” the Knicks to win a title this season, considering most people expect his team to be run with some sort of competence and he continues to fail to meet those expectations in a big way year after year.
Dolan’s comments are good to get a reaction from the fan base, but that’s about it.
The fact that he said that he expects the Knicks to win a title and not that he wants to win or hopes the team wins one, likely means Dolan has something up his sleeve. If you have learned anything throughout the years as it pertains to Dolan, it is that when he makes statements such as these, he is usually up to something.
He’s not stupid. Dolan knows this Knicks team is likely not championship caliber the way it is on paper right now. A lot would have to go right for the Knicks to finish as a top three seed in the Eastern Conference, much less lift the Larry O’Brien trophy when the season ends.
That means his expectations aren’t realistic, but he also has ulterior motives like we have seen time and time again. That’s not a good combination.
This Knicks team will be a very good one, but there’s a big difference from being really good and being expected to win a championship.
Dolan should know that.
Maybe before next time he shoots his mouth off he will start living up to his expectations as well.
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