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Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  8 responses

Knicks’ Roger Mason: James Dolan Wants Lockout to End


There are hawkish NBA team owners who wouldn’t mind if the lockout wiped out the entire season. Just don’t count James Dolan among them, according to Roger Mason. Per the NY Post: “Mason, vice president of the Players Association, has rubbed shoulders with the Knicks owner countless times this summer and fall in Manhattan hotel board rooms instead of the team’s plush practice facility. ‘You can look at it and say the majority of owners don’t want a deal,’ Mason [said]. ‘But there are owners eager to get a deal done. At this moment they are overshadowed by a contingent of owners who are trying to get everything they want in a new CBA.’ Asked if Dolan is one of the owners in the minority, Mason said: ‘Definitely. You feel excitement in the city. I know Dolan sees that, hears that. He’s definitely one of the owners who’s ready to get back to work. There are a committee of owners, and their voice is going to be as one. But you know [Dolan] has put a lot into renovating the Garden and put a lot into the team. He had a lot of tough years and there’s a lot of promise now. He wants to get back out there.’ Mason said it was a quiet weekend following Thursday’s disastrous end to federal mediation in which NBA owners refused to negotiate on other issues unless the players accepted a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ 50-50 revenue split. Commissioner David Stern is expected to cancel more games this week, possibly as soon as today, likely shutting the NBA down through Christmas.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    ROGER HAS BEEN WEIRD THROUGHOUT THE LOCKOUT.

  • the truth

    Make it happen…Dolan!

  • bull22

    of course nolan wants the knicks back in business, because no matter how may times this team embarasses itself during the playoffs, the ny fans still spend their money in supporting these big mouthed drecks, LOL.

  • Patrick

    Abolish the owners’ union (as well as the players’ union). No more CBA’s. Any player can contract for any owner on whatever terms they mutually agree to.

    That’s my solution.

  • LA Huey

    ^then there would only be about 10 watchable teams in the league.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    James Dolan is a GREAT owner. Free agents will flock to the Knicks for the chance at a chip with Stat, Melo, and Smooth.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Who gets contracted if the NBA season is lost? Grizzlies? Raptors? Kings? Blazers? Wouldn’t the Blazers being contracted be poetic justice seeing how Paul Allen was the leader of the “hard-line owners” in the last negotiations. Subtract the Blazers, and bring back the Sonics. lol, just joking Blazer fans.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Of course Dolan wants the Lockout to end… all the quicker to bring in CHRIS PAUL! O_o

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