Adam Silver Has a Real Conundrum on His Hands With James Dolan

The Big Lead

Another day, another video of James Dolan childishly allowing himself to get baited by a troll with the justifiable position that Dolan should sell the Knicks. NBA commissioner Adam Silver deep down has to know that Dolan’s ownership of the Knicks is horrendous for the collective league, but what can he really do about it?

Last week he issued a lifetime ban for a fan who yelled this to him at MSG, and today video emerges of him telling a fan to leave a music festival for holding up a “Quit your day job. Sell the Knicks” sign during a JD and the Straight Shot set.

This video is from 2016 and is seeing the light of day because of the video from last week. In “defense” of the video from MSG, Dolan gave a haphazard and erratic explanation on the Michael Kay Show, claiming he was “ambushed by the fan”:

The Knicks are 13-55, and while some of this is a result of being bad on purpose they aren’t the only team tanking but they are the worst team in the NBA. They’ve been atrocious for nearly 20 years. They’ve won one playoff series since the turn of the century.

But again, what can Adam Silver really do about it? This isn’t a Donald Sterling thing where the former Clippers owner was recorded being overtly racist, his estranged wife was willing to cooperate with the NBA’s sales process, and there was a buyer in Steve Ballmer paying a record price for an NBA team.

#basketball, #professional

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