Simmons: James Dolan ‘courting offers’ to sell Knicks

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a statement from Madison Square Garden Company.

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

According to Bill Simmons’ latest podcast, New York Knicks owner James Dolan is ‘courting offers’ to sell the franchise. The Knicks fans have been wanting Dolan to sell for a long-time. 

Dolan has reportedly been trying to sell the team for months.

New York Knicks owner James Dolan answers questions during a press conference to introduce Phil Jackson as the President of Basketball Operations
James Dolan answers questions during a press conference to introduce Phil Jackson as the President of Basketball Operations (Getty Images)

“Multiple people told me this, who know things, James Dolan is courting offers for the Knicks,” Simmons said in his ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast.’ “It’s happening. It’s on. It’s go-time. He’s courting offers for the Knicks. That’s what I heard at All-Star weekend from people I trust.”

The 63-year-old is the Executive Chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company. He also serves as the Executive Chairman of MSG Networks. 

He oversees all operations of the company, including its sports teams, which also includes the New York Rangers and the New York Liberty. Dolan also oversees MSG Network and MSG Plus. 

“The Knicks are just a pain in the a–, people s–t on him for it,” Simmons said in the podcast. “He feels if he can just sell the Knicks for some crazy price, then he can put the money into that music/in-game experience stuff that he cares about. So, the Knicks are available.”

The Knicks are presently the 15th team in the Eastern Conference. They have the worst record in the Eastern Conference with an 11-47 record. 

They are 32.5 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks, who are 43-14 through the All-Star break. 

The only team with a worse record at the All-Star break in the Association is the Phoenix Suns. The team — who had the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft — has an 11-48 record. 

New York has not made the playoffs in six years, as the odds of the team making the playoffs this season are slim to none. Their last playoff appearance was during the 2012-13 season when the team reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals. 

Update: The Madison Square Garden Company has released the following statement regarding Simmons’ comments.

“The story is 100% false. There has been nothing. No discussions. No plans to have discussions — nothing.”

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