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Brooklyn Transplant Takes a Stab at Donald Sterling Satire!?

ShutterstockJamesDolanWay too soon. With three hours to go before today’s big press conference by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, writer Eric Golub, recently relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, has published some jokey commentary roping in New York Knicks owner James Dolan.

Never mind that Golub, via his Twitter profile, proclaims himself to be an “author of ideological bigotry, ideological violence and ideological idiocy.” This is no laughing matter. From his piece “New Yorkers Condemn Knicks Owner Dolan for Not Being Racist:”

The only hope is for people of all races to demand that Dolan become a racist. Otherwise, he will never sell the team. Over 50 years after Dr. King gave his “I have a dream” speech, there is only a nightmare for Knicks fans of all races…

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From London, Lifelong Knicks Fan Posts Pained Open Letter

NickGeltnerPic2Although Nick Geltner (pictured) is currently working far away in England as a sports editor-producer, he grew up in New York and remains a die-hard Knicks fan. Watching from across the pond, texting about each miserable game with NYC area friend Jonas, it has become for him – like so many others – unbearable.

Indeed, the 2013-14 NBA season will go down as the one during which the Lakers and Knicks combined for some epic drubbing of the league’s two most valuable franchises. Geltner, in a fantastic open letter, begs the team to get better while sharing fun anecdotal detail from his career as a journalist:

While covering the NBA, I had the chance to interview the greatest player to live, Michael Jordan… The man who ruined my childhood. Yet it was an honor to grow up watching him. What he said in that interview with me? I can’t remember.

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Teen Arrested After Threatening James Dolan on Twitter

FishbowlNY is not a fan of James Dolan, CEO of Cablevision and Destroyer of The New York Knicks. However we feel about Dolan, one thing we wouldn’t do is threaten him, because the police don’t take that kind of stuff lightly. That’s a lesson Johnny Giamella, a 19-year-old Staten Island resident, has just learned. Albeit a bit too late. The New York Daily News reports that Giamella was arrested after posting scary-sounding tweets regarding Dolan.

In one tweet, Giamella wrote “James Dolan, it’s officially time to die.” He followed that subtle note up with a slightly different version — “Death to James Dolan” — just in case anyone was confused.

Giamella also posted one picture of himself pointing a gun at the camera and another of himself naked, with only a gun covering his groin.

The photos are slightly more creative ways of critiquing Dolan’s impact on the Knicks, but still not recommended.

Forbes Names Terrible, Awful, Dammit What The Hell are You Doing New York Knicks Most Valuable NBA Team [Updated]

According to Forbes, The New York Knickerbockers are the most valuable team in the NBA. The Knicks have lost their last four games in a row by an average of 19 points. They paid millions to Andrea Bargnani, a free agent no other team wanted, perhaps because he seems to think spinning like a top is the same thing as playing defense. The Knicks also employ a man named JR Smith. We lack the cognitive ability to comment sanely on Smith, so we’ll just move along.

Despite all this, James Dolan, owner of the Knicks, must be happy. Forbes claims that the Knicks are worth about $1.4 billion, making them number one in the league.

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Latest Knicks Loss Has Reporter Reaching for His Eagles Greatest Hits CD

The first thing New York Daily News Knicks beat writer Frank Isola did after the team’s disheartening Sunday night loss to the Pelicans was try and process the numbness in his game report.

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Here’s Isola’s lede:

James Dolan always believed this Knicks team would make history and he was right. These Knicks now hold the franchise record for futility at Madison Square Garden, the newly transformed MSG, that is.

And here’s his third paragraph:

The numbers are downright staggering: nine straight losses overall and a franchise-record seven in a row at the Garden. Who knows, maybe the Knicks will never win again.

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Knicks Owner Banishes Woody Allen

Shutterstock_WoodyAllenAll indications are that New York Knicks owner James Dolan will not be giving thanks this holiday weekend for the friendship of longtime fan Woody Allen.

According to a frivolous but fun item by Richard Johnson, Dolan has lowered the VIP boom on the Woodman, banning him from Suite 200 at Madison Square Garden. Why? Here’s what Johnson’s “Woody source” told the New York Post columnist:

“Allen got a call from someone at MSG saying they had bought the rights to air several of Woody’s movies on the MSG channel and wanted Woody to go on the air and talk about his movies or introduce them,” a Woody source told me. “Woody said he would not be comfortable doing that. He has never done that for any show or network.”

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GQ Profiles Jeremy Lin, Makes Knicks Fans Cry

Well, there he is. Our hope, our future, our point guard — Jeremy Lin. Your FishbowlNY editors are big Knicks fans, so the cover made us misty eyed. Then the profile of Lin by Will Leitch, well, it pushed us over the edge. In the feature, Lin tells Leitch that he loved the fans and the city so much that he wanted to retire a Knick:

I know it’s kind of silly to talk about it with only two years under my belt in the league, but going in before free agency, I was like, ‘I want to play in front of these fans for the rest of my career.’ I really did. I really wanted to play in front of the Madison Square Garden fans for the rest of my career, because they’re just unbelievable.

Oh Jeremy! We miss you too! It wasn’t us, we wanted to keep you! It was our evil, terrible owner James Dolan who let you go.

We hope life treats you kind, and we hope you have all you’ve dreamed of. And we wish you joy and happiness… But above all this, we wish you love…  And weeeee… Will always love yoooooou… Weeeee… Will always love yoooooooooou!!!!

New York Daily News Loses Digital Editor

Scott Cohen, the Digital Executive Editor of The New York Daily News, is leaving the paper. According to The New York Observer, Cohen is headed to Vocativ, a startup that bills itself as an “innovative news platform focused on social and political change, the economy and tech.”

It’s been an odd month for the tabloid. It started with James Dolan accusing the Daily News and Mort Zuckerman of extortion. Then, about a week later, veteran staffers Melissa Grace and Tom Zambito exited the paper. And — just yesterday — Colin Myler, the Daily News’ Editor-in-Chief, was hit with allegations that he tried to intimidate British investigators while he was editor of News of The World.

We would say that Zuckerman can’t wait for March, but we think drama will always be hovering over the paper, no matter what month it is.

More Daily News Departures

The New York Daily News is in a bit of tailspin, as three more staffers have left the paper. The New York Post reports that Anjalie Mullany, a Social Media Editor, has left for a spot with Fast Company, and Melissa Grace and Tom Zambito — both veteran reporters — are out as well.

These are just the latest in a wave of departures for the paper; Richard Huff left recently, as did Bob Sapio. The exodus also comes as the Daily News faces an extortion claim by James Dolan and Cablevision.

James Dolan Accuses Mort Zuckerman and New York Daily News of Extortion

If you’re a fan of media drama, you should probably sit down for this: James Dolan, Cablevision’s CEO and Madison Square Garden’s Executive Chairman, is accusing Mort Zuckerman and his paper, The New York Daily News, of extortion. Dolan claims that Zuckerman and the Daily News have engaged in a campaign of “intimidation” to effect a merger between Newsday and the Daily News. Good stuff, right?

According to the New York Post, Dolan has rejected Zuckerman’s repeated requests to combine the Daily News with Newsday, and that at one recent meeting between the two, “Mr. Zuckerman once again made his proposal, this time adding that ‘the bad press would end if we became joint owners’ (a direct quote).”

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