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James Dolan, frustrated with Knicks, comes down hard on Knicks City Dancers

Knicks City Dancers Group Photo

A passionate sort known to fly off the handle from time to time, James Dolan, the fiery owner of the New York Knicks, is famous for his often impulsive, knee-jerk reactions and decisions. So perhaps it should come as no surprise — although for any other owner, it should — that his unhappiness with the team’s sluggish, underwhelming 1-2 start caused a blowout of sorts recently. And who drew the most ire as a consequence of his mounting frustration with the team? The Knicks City Dancers, of course.

During Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Madison Square Garden that saw the Knicks surrender 40 first quarter points and a 23-point deficit at one point, Dolan sought out new team president and general manager Steve Mills and reportedly let him have it.

But how do the Knicks City Dancers become a scapegoat for a team stumbling out of the gate? While it does little to explain Nolan’s bizarre actions — since that would be near impossible — Frank Isola attempts to at least chronicle what transpired in a column in the New York Daily News:

Dolan has become such a hands-on owner — figuratively speaking — that, according to a source, he doesn’t want the dancers dancing. Crazy, right? The same guy who wanted creative input on the dancers’ outfits (and he’s good at it) apparently ordered that the girls’ roles be reduced to mostly throwing T-shirts into the crowd. They performed maybe one routine on Sunday.

Why? No one seems to know, except the standard answer is usually “that’s Dolan.”

And this is where I draw the line. Be upset all you want at the players for underperforming. But the dancers?

The KCD’s have been the model of fitness, enthusiasm and execution for two decades. The Knicks? They’ve had one good season out of the last 13.

What a strange situation. Being an individual who couldn’t care less whether there are cheerleaders, dancers, what have you present at professional sporting events, how will Dolan’s decision to limit the dancers’ role in entertaining fans during games going to have any effect on the on-court product and performance of the team? Not one iota is my guess. But then again, being an owner affords an individual to do pretty much whatever they want, even if it makes no sense and is borderline comical.