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Dolan's Support Of Rangers GM Sather Validated With Stanley Cup Final
Published June 4, 2014
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PEOPLE PERSON: In N.Y., Peter Botte notes while Dolan has “meddled with several Knicks front-office decisions through the years, Sather painted a positive picture" of their relationship. Sather said, “I enjoy him. I think he’s an interesting, complex, caring human being that is probably a little bit apprehensive at letting himself be known by the media. ... I get along with him fine. Somebody wrote that I manage him well. Well, I wouldn’t say I’m a particularly good manager. I like to be friends with the people that I work with. ... I do respect him. I like him. I get along with him. It’s about that simple” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/4). Sather said, “We don't ask him permission to do something. We say, ‘What do you think about this?’ It's a cooperative decision throughout the entire organization when we do things" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 6/4).
BAD MEDICINE: In N.Y., Frank Isola notes Dolan yesterday “tried to distance himself from having any influence” with Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s decision not to accept the Knicks’ head coaching position. Dolan, speaking on WFAN-AM's "Francesa," said of the team's coaching candidates, “I have no idea who [Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson] is talking to.” Dolan: “I have not asked about the coaching search on purpose. I told him, ‘I’m here for you if you need me, if you don’t need me, that’s fine, too. I’ve got a lot to do.’” However, ESPN N.Y. in April reported that Dolan “rebuffed Jackson’s wishes of making changes” to the Knicks’ medical staff. Dolan yesterday “seemed to indicate that Knicks GM Steve Mills, and not Jackson, is in charge of the medical staff.” When asked if Jackson is working out like he expected, Dolan answered, “Pretty much. He’s gotten in, he’s taking control, he and Steve are working really well together. (The) big (thing) for me, pieces of the operation I knew Phil wouldn’t have time for; D-League (team), developing players, everything down to medical staff. Phil has a great guy underneath him, actually right next to him. I think I’ve got the right team in place managing it. We’ll see how it turns out” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/4).