Big men, twice your size, and men who tower over Knicks Owner James Dolan and can step on him like a bug are said to be so scared of playing for playing him. According to former Knicks player Enes Kanter, NBA players he speaks to around the league are scared to play for Knicks’ management. From Knicker Blogger:
“Not many people know that, but players talk. From different teams. I’m not blaming anybody. I had an amazing time with the Knicks. But other teammates that I talked to or if they’re on different teams, they always said, ‘Amazing city, MSG is amazing everything is so good, but the ownership.’ They would just keep saying, ‘But the ownership.’ … Some of the players I guess are just scared to come here and don’t even want to deal with that.”
It’s no secret the Knicks have been the laughing stock of the NBA. They have the money to get big name players, and as far as building a team- they suck at it. You don’t need an all star team to make it to the post season. The Raptors would be the first to tell you that. Kanter seemingly saw the Knicks organization as a place of work place politics, and decided was happy to leave after DeAndre Jordan was placed to start over him. Kanter said:
“My job is to go out there and play as hard as I can, because all the fans are paying so much money to come and see the game. Especially at the Garden. It’s packed every game, even if we’re losing,” Kanter said. “My problem I guess was that I wanted to win. Something that didn’t make sense is they told me I’m too old to play, and I was 26, and I was like, ‘That doesn’t make sense.Then they bring a guy in four or five years older than me and they start playing him, I’m like, ‘This doesn’t make sense.’”
Surprisingly, Kanter’s story of how the Knicks’ organization functions reminds us of that of Carmelo Anthony. Anthony shared a story of how he was booted from the team despite his desire to play for the team.