James Dolan blew a chance at landing Dwayne Wade and LeBron James
The best chance that New York Knicks’ owner James Dolan had when it came to turning his franchise around was back in 2010, when both Dwayne Wade and LeBron James went on their free agent tours and visited with Dolan.
Wade recently revealed why they decided not to sign with the Knicks.
“They just wasn’t prepared. They wasn’t ready to take on what we wanted to do,” Wade said on a Yahoo podcast, via the NY Daily News. “The city? Yeah, the city was ready. The market? The market was there. It’s New York. But (from) an organization standpoint, we didn’t feel like they could handle it.”
Of course Wade and James, along with Chris Bosh signed with the Miami Heat and won multiple NBA titles.
The Knicks could have been what the Heat were at the time with two of the best players in the NBA on their roster, but they’ve been plagued by poor management to say the least.
If Dolan and the Knicks didn’t lead the league in luxury tax while having one of the worst records in the NBA over the past 18 years you could argue that they aren’t poorly run. But that’s not the case.
The Knicks will always be a draw for players given the fact that New York is the mecca of basketball and Madison Square Garden is a special place. But if Dolan can’t get things in order, he’ll never draw big-time free agents.
Next summer will be a big test when guys like Kevin Durant could end up being available.
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