Frank Isola's newest article in the Daily News is just absurd. We've all become accustomed to this kind of stuff from him, but his obsession with exposing James Dolan as an irrational tyrant doesn't even make for entertaining tabloid writing any longer. The general tone of negativity in the article linked above is over the top, and Isola frequently contradicts himself - such as writing that the Knicks haven't improved at all this off season, and simultaneously claiming that the Bargnani and Metta acquisitions are positive ones... wait... what?
Beyond those contradictions in his reasoning, his further justification for saying the Knicks have gotten worse is that, apparently, the Knicks are the only team in the NBA that has a couple of players mending injuries from last season, and that - if I'm interpreting his suggestion correctly - those injured Knicks will never heal... like never ever -- and oh yeah, the Knicks are also "headed for a fall" because Iman Shumpert supposedly annoyed James Dolan over a year ago, and that Tyson Chandler had a "disappointing Spring", so naturally, as any astute basketball writer would conclude, he will have a disappointing 2013-2014 season as well. Good 'Ole Frank also does good work in reminding us just how devastating the Tim Hardaway Jr. wrist injury will be for next season's Knicks. After all, any reasonable analyst knows how debilitating a summer league wrist injury to a rookie player that is "no more serious than a bruise or a sprain" can be. I mean, geez, it might take Hardaway Jr. a whole two weeks this July to recover from that devastating blow, and will pretty much kill the Knicks playoff chances come next Spring. Finally, lets not forget one last good point by Isola, and the true nail in the coffin for the Knicks 2013-2014 season - the dreaded Amare Stoudemire minutes restriction. How can the Knicks possibly improve with Amare playing restricted minutes! I mean, he was so pivotal in the Knicks success last sea... oh wait.
But really, we can't overlook the true wisdom Isola has been trying to pass on to us readers all these years -- that its all about Dolan's maniacal idea that MSG should profit, market the team and provide entertainment. It's very obvious at this point that James Dolan wanting to make money, market the team and entertain his fan base is what really stops the Knicks from winning, and what separates him from other owners. Obviously, if Dolan would just stop caring about making money and entertaining us the way other NBA owners don't care about money and entertaining their fans, then the Knicks would've probably won a few championships this decade and wouldn't be such a joke.