James Dolan, the owner of the New York Knicks and head of the Cablevision Systems Incorporated empire, is the front man for a blues band. A blues band that does things like open for Aretha Franklin at the Jones Beach Theater because… well, read the last sentence about being the head af a massive media congolmerate.
He and his band debuted a new song — Fix the Knicks. Complete with tounge-in-cheek Isiah Thomas reference. Sorry Knicks fans.
Here are the lyrics, the video is below (via SLAM, lyrics from Mike Prada at SBN). Again, sorry Knicks fans. Sorry for everything.
Everywhere I go, I hear everybody say ‘What you gonna do to make that team play’ From the folks across the street at 34th and 6th Everyone who calls says, ‘Hey man, fix the Knicks’
(Chorus) Fix the Knicks and make them shine Get on and win like it’s ’69 Hitting all their free throws and no more shooting bricks Time to get it right and fix the Knicks
Doing my best and that’s my problem I check with my friend called Isiah Thomas Pay no mind to those nasty critics They haven’t done a thing to fix the Knicks
We know we’re getting better, but still no respect We score a lot of points, but where’s the defense? Everyone’s an expert saying ‘Trade your draft picks’ You got to get ‘this guy’ to fix the Knicks
(Chorus, two times)
Carmelo Anthony says he can play at high level 4-5 more years
Carmelo Anthony can flat-out score the rock — that has never been the question. Even hurting last season for many of the 40 games he played, he averaged 24.2 points a game, had a true shooting percentage of 53.1 percent (right near the league average) while having the entire weight of the Knicks offense on his shoulders (32.2 usage rate, fifth highest in the NBA). When people (or players) talk about him being overrated, the discussion turns to defense or if he makes his teammates better. But there should be no doubt Anthony is an elite scorer.
In fact, the 31-year-old Knicks star is confident that he can play at a high level for the next “four or five years.”
“Without a doubt. Without a doubt,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ final training camp practice on Saturday.
The Knicks better hope that’s true, they already made that bet with that massive five-year contract they gave him last summer.
Anthony’s age combined with him coming off knee surgery have a lot of people — myself included — expecting him to take a step back. Not a big one, but he is coming up at the point in his career where some open shots he used to get are now contested because he’s half-a-step slower, and some of those looks don’t fall as often. His jumper isn’t suddenly going to look like Rajon Rondo‘s, ‘Melo is going to get his points, but he may not be as efficient.
Fortunately, the Knicks have an improved supporting cast around him this season. That should take some offensive load off his shoulders, and maybe the Knicks offense will see better ball movement and start to resemble the triangle. If it’s just more isolation Anthony, it’s not going to be pretty.