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George Karl can just about forget ever coaching the Knicks as long as Jim Dolan is running Madison Square Garden.
âI watch the Knicks play,â Karl told Denver radio host Dave Krieger, âand I wouldnât want to be in that hell for a million dollars.â
Of all the insulting, despicable things you can say about Dolan, Karl crossed the imaginary line by calling the Garden boss cheap. One million bucks? Dolan happens to pay his coaches top dollar to put up with his nonsense.
Karl should know since one of his coaching BFFâs is Larry Brown, who pocketed approximately $18 million for one season of that âhellâ at the Garden.
âItâs just New York City and the Garden and the immensity of the pressure,â Karl added. âI think Mike Woodson is standing up to it with tremendous integrity.â
Well, Karl is right about that. He and Woodson are also tight and you can bet the two have spoken about everything from Carmelo NFL Limited Jersey Anthony to J.R. Smith to Dolan, the eccentric and unpredictable chairman of Madison Square Garden who will decide where and when Woodson âresigns as head coach to become an adviser.â If you havenât noticed, the Knicks lead the league in advisers as well as workout coaches and, before too long, defeats.
The pressure is most definitely immense right now on Woodson with the Knicks mired in last place in the Eastern Conference, 0-for-November at MSG and riding a nine-game losing streak into Brooklyn on Thursday. A loss to Jason Kidd and the Nets could finally push Dolan over the edge.
George Karl on coaching this year’s Knicks: ’I wouldn’t want to be in that hell for a million dollars.’
The coaches are bracing themselves for the consequences of a 10th straight defeat. Dolan could run them all out of town, or it could be business as usual until the next loss.
Thatâs how Dolan rolls. Heâs like a one-man Mafia. You never know it is coming until it is too late. Well, except for Jeff Van Gundy, who saw the handwriting on the wall and fired himself before Dolan fired him.
It could have been the perfect marriage â the take-no-prisoners workaholic coach and the nutty owner who spares no expense when it comes to his basketball team but needs someone with the guts to say âback off.â
âSay what you want about Jim Dolan but heâs one of about eight owners who is willing to spend money to compete for a championship,â said one current NBA head coach. âThere are too many owners who are only in it to make money.â
That is the type of owner Van Reebok NFL Jerseys Gundy, who regrets quitting on the Knicks 12 years ago, could work for. In many ways, he may be the best coach for the job since he understands the shark-infested corporate waters at MSG and is a master at dealing with players and the media.
Two years ago, an intermediary acting on behalf of Isiah Thomas reached out to Van Gundy to gauge his interest in possibly returning to New York. But with Mike DâAntoni still at the helm, Van Gundy refused to entertain the question out of respect for a fellow coach.
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Mark Bonifacio/New York Daily News
Could Allan Houston (r.), shown here with Knicks GM Steve Mills, perhaps pay the Knicks back for his cap-crippling contract years ago by coaching this flawed roster?
Thatâs why the most recent regurgitated story of Van Gundy returning has more holes in it than the Knicksâ defense. Phil Jackson once discussed coaching the Knicks while Van Gundy was still employed at Reebok NFL Jersey the Garden and there is no chance of Van Gundy working the back channels with Woodson still on the bench.
âJeff thinks that is distasteful,â said one of Van Gundyâs close friends. âHe also canât believe how a guy who won 54 games is in trouble when Tyson Chandler has been out and a lot of the other key players are struggling. Carmelo is the one guy playing well but he isnât getting much help.â
Dolan and Soccer Jersey Van Gundy have been on speaking terms for a few years now, the peace brokered when Van Gundy returned to the Garden in his broadcasting role. Something tells me Van Gundyâs NFL Nike Jerseys partner, Mike Breen, helped initiate contact since Breen is also close friends with Dolanâs most trusted adviser, Barry Watkins. That makes sense.
Remember, when Donnie Walsh began his coaching search he said he would consider Van Gundy and did so with Dolanâs blessing. That news is older than Amarâe Stoudemireâs knees.
Would Van Gundy coach the Knicks again? Sure, but only if he got what Woodson wants: better players. Until then, Van Gundyâs current job is better than Woodsonâs.
Plus, before I see Van Gundy riding in on a white horse thereâs a trusted adviser to Dolan who Iâm hearing could be next in line.
No, not that guy.
Susan Watts/New York Daily News
Would Billy Joel coach the Knicks? In Dolan’s Garden, you can’t rule any scenario out.
But Allan Houston, supposedly the GM in training, looms as a potential successor. The word around Knicks camp is that Dolan wouldnât hesitate to promote him to head coach if the Knicks donât turn things around sooner than later. Houstonâs $100 million contract placed the Knicks in salary cap purgatory for years. Maybe having to coach this Knicks team would be his payback.
Well, if we told you on Sept. 1 that Steve Mills would be back before training camp to run the front office you wouldnât have believed that either.
At MSG, always expect the unexpected. Based on that history, youâd be a fool to rule out Woodson, Van Gundy and, yes, even Allan Houston.
Karl, however, will never reach the level of âspecial adviser.â
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