Surely you've seen this by now-- the Post covered it this morning-- but in case you haven't, here it is: These Knicks fans are organizing a protest in front of Madison Square Garden before the Knicks' game against the Pacers on March 19. This is the subject of their protest:
KF4L Rally Fan Discontent:
1) Dolan's failure to allow knowledgeable basketball people the autonomy/power to make basketball related decisions. (Pat Riley, Jeff Van Gundy, Donnie Walsh) His insistence on overriding the opinions of his basketball people by bidding against himself in negotiations and overpaying in trades. The rehiring of Steve Mills who has never been in the GM role before and presided over one of the most embarrassing eras in Knick history.
2) The MSG Media Policy. Steve Mills has yet to speak to the media or fans about the state of the team since he came back. The fans deserve explanations and the media deserve to do their job in order to keep fans informed. The media policy creates an atmosphere in which competent GMs and coaches do not want to work in.
3) The infiltration of CAA. Fans are uneasy of the abnormal influence CAA wields in the Knick organization. From a coach switching agents in order to sign a deal, to the team dealing a first rd pick for an oft injured forward repped by that same agency, to seemingly shady back room deals that allow Chris Smith to get signed to a fully guaranteed NBA contract.
We understand Dolan will not sell. We understand change may not come of this. We just want our voices heard. We want to remind Dolan and the NBA that our voices matter. We buy the tickets, the jerseys, the NBA League Pass subscriptions. We are frustrated. We are tired. We deserve better.
Yeah, that sounds mostly fair. I'm interested to see how it turns out, and if I don't have to work that night, I may actually head up to the Garden to check out the scene on the 19th. Of course, since we're talking about the Dolan-owned Knicks, this isn't even the first sizable protest that's taken place since I started P&T. Early in the Isiah Thomas-led 2007-2008 season, some folks organized a protest demanding that Isiah be fired. (Incidentally, the Knicks crushed the Cavs that night. One of the best games of a similarly stinky season.) I guess Isiah did eventually get fired. Not much changed beyond that. I don't think James Dolan gives a quarter of a shit about any of us peasants, but the effort can't hurt. Good luck this time around.
In the meantime, if you're more of a feckless wallower than a protester, join us tonight!