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Frankly Frankel: February 14, 2015

14 Feb

James Dolan is the worst owner in sports, Brian Williams is suspended 6-months, the 3-point contest is slated to be the best ever, and the dunk contest, not so much. This is Frankly Frankel on this Saturday, February 14, 2015.

  • NBC brought the hammer down on Brian Williams, suspending him 6-months from his role anchoring the Nightly News.
  • What makes this so unfortunate is there was no need for Williams to lie. He was already at the top of the helm of NBC News, his newscast was number 1, and he had everything going for him. Now, I can’t believe one word that comes out of his mouth.
  • My gut feeling is that Williams will never anchor the Nightly News again mainly because if you’re going to be in the news business, you have to be trustworthy, something Brian Williams clearly isn’t.
  • As for his replacement, there’s no chance it will be John Stewart who just announced he’s going to step down as host of the “Daily Show” in a few months, and it should not be Lester Holt who in my opinion is way too dull to be the face of NBC News.
  • Onto some real sports and the worst owner I have ever seen, James Dolan. Dolan foolishly responded to a heckling fan’s email about the franchise’s performance since Dolan took over the team.
  • On Friday, Dolan spoke out publicly for the first time since the email was sent, and made the excuse of being in a bad mood when he read it.
  • “I got sent a bad, hateful email,” Dolan said. “I generally don’t respond to the bad ones. This time, it just caught me at the wrong moment and I responded. Sort of tit for tat. And I knew I shouldn’t have done that and I did it anyway because it made me angry. Because it was a personal, hateful attack.”
  • While I figured Dolan probably just wasn’t thinking when he responded, as the owner of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden, and Cablevision, among others, you have to have self-control and recognize the fact you are a public figure.
  • I’m shocked NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had no problem with Dolan’s email. If this had been a tweet, I can’t imagine Dolan would have escaped some sort of punishment.
  • As for Dolan, I am not surprised at all he would do something as foolish as this because since I moved out of my hometown, I’ve been forced to subscribe to Dolan’s Cablevision, and it is the worst cable service in American history.
  • I’ve had more problems with Cablevision in the month I’ve lived in my new home than I had in 20-plus years in my previous home with Comcast. Yes the man makes a ton of money, and despite how putrid the Knicks have been since he’s been the owner, the value of the franchise has only grown larger and larger.
  • Tonight is one of my favorite nights of the NBA season, All-Star Saturday Night with the 3-point contest and the Dunk Contest.
  • I’ll start with the 3-point contest and what could be the most talented field this event has ever seen. The participants are reigning champion Marco Belinelli, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyle Korver, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, J.J. Redick, and Wesley Matthews.
  • Aside from James Harden who in my mind is the clear weak-link, it’s a pick-em between the other seven guys. Belinelli won the event last year, when Kurry, Thompson, and Korver are on, they literally never miss. Wesley Matthews leads the league in 3-pointers made, and J.J. Redick has a reputation as a sharp shooter.
  • My for the record prediction is Klay Thompson. I just think he’s poised to rise to the occasion and own the night. If you don’t know who Klay Thompson is, you will by the end of tonight. Since I’m picking Thompson, that means he’s probably not going to win. That’s usually how these things work.
  • The dunk contest participants include Zach LaVine, Mason Plumlee, Victor Oladipo, and the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo. For me, this event is Zach LaVine’s to lose. He’s far and away the best dunk in this field, and I expect him to put on a show.
  • It’s nice the league decided to put Mason Plumlee in this event, but for him to have any chance, he’s going to have to pull some crazy stunt and be extremely theatrical. I have no idea what to expect from Antetokounmpo.
  • Overall though, I would not consider the dunk contest field an elite one, and that’s a shame.
  • I have no idea why Carmelo Anthony feels an obligation to play in tomorrow night’s NBA All-Star game. He’s no where close to 100 percent, and the Madison Square Garden faithful I’m sure would rather Melo just do what he needs to do to get healthy for next season. He doesn’t owe anyone anything to play.
  • How about the news that Charlie Weis says he’s done coaching football! I know he won three rings alongside Brady and Belichick, but Weis is probably the worst head coach I’ve ever seen.
  • He took Notre Dame from being a BCS bowl team, to a laughing stock in college football. Then he went to Kansas and couldn’t win a game if his life depended upon it.
  • But hey, he made a heck of a lot of money throughout his career and at least has some Super Bowl rings in his possession which is something not everyone can say.
  • Now Weis can retire peacefully and I don’t have to watch him ruin another football program.
  • The New York Jets have a decision to make about what to do with Percy Harvin, and for me, this should be a no brainer. The Jets can escape the nightmarish potential of Harvin now, and pay no consequences.
  • The man can’t stay healthy if his life depended on it, he’s arguably the biggest locker room cancer in the league, and he’s one of the most inconsistent players.
  • He can be explosive at times, but he doesn’t fit into any offense. Offenses have to build themselves around Harvin, and I’m not a fan of that. The downside is far greater than any upside Harvin would bring to the table.
  • Make sure to tune it next Saturday for another edition of “Frankly Frankel”, and be sure to follow me on Twitter @lucasfrankel.
 

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