Melo feeling the pressure after Dolan’s guarantee

By on November 12, 2013

What the boss says goes.

Hearing that Garden chairman Jim Dolan had guaranteed a Knicks’ victory Wednesday in Atlanta, after he sat through their wire-to-wire pathetic effort in Sunday’ 31-point blowout loss to the Spurs, Carmelo Anthony knows that the pressure is on and is going to try to deliver for the man who signs his paychecks.

“I guess we’ve got to win,’’ Anthony said Monday when asked by the Daily News about Dolan’s guarantee. “The owner said it. I guess we got to make it happen. We want to win. If he said it, he’s put the pressure on us to go out there and win the game.’’

Like the 2-4 Knicks need the extra pressure.

They’re in total disarray after allowing the Spurs to go on a rampage for 120 points. And with every NBA team knowing that without Tyson Chandler manning the back line for possibly the next five weeks, they’re vulnerable to getting driven on almost every time they have to play defense.

But instead of just apologizing to Knick fans for his team’s lame showing and only guaranteeing that his team would give a professional, NBA-quality effort against the Hawks, Dolan went to the extreme during a concert given by his band, JD and the Straight Shot, in a Manhattan club Sunday night.


The Knicks' play of late has owner James Dolan singing the blues.

Keivom, James

The Knicks’ play of late has owner James Dolan singing the blues.

But Dolan’s guarantee of a win in his team’s third road game of the season is not what made Anthony break into a huge grin.

“He had a concert?’’ the team’s star said.

During the performance, Dolan didn’t even refer to the Knicks by name, while crediting the Rangers for their win over Florida.

“Unfortunately the basketball (team) couldn’t do it today,’’ he said. “We’re going to win the next game, that’s a guarantee.”

After the game, Dolan called Mike Woodson in on the carpet, ostensibly to explain how the Knicks failed to put up a fight after they had posted a solid win over Charlotte two days earlier.

Asked by The News if Dolan was supportive of him during their meeting, Woodson wouldn’t provide any insight, adhering to the Garden’s rules that anything Dolan says is off limits when talking to the media.


After watching his team lose by 31 points Sunday afternoon, James Dolan takes the stage with his band Sunday night and guarantees a Knicks victory Wednesday against the Hawks.

Simmons, Howard/New York Daily News

After watching his team lose by 31 points Sunday afternoon, James Dolan takes the stage with his band Sunday night and guarantees a Knicks victory Wednesday against the Hawks.

“That’s not your guys’ business,’’ he said. “That’s me and my owner’s business. We’ve got to get ready for Atlanta, that’s the name of the game.’’

But Woodson was clearly taken aback when Dolan’s guarantee was brought up, asking a reporter, “Say that again?’’

So does Woodson think he can deliver the must-win now?

“As a coach, I think every time we suit it up and step on the floor, we’re supposed to win,’’ he said. “That’s just how I feel. I want our players to feel the same way.’’

The Knicks were definitely not happy with the line of questioning about Dolan’s meeting with Woodson or his guarantee, even though the boss made his comments in a public venue and knew that a couple of reporters were in attendance. After Woodson was allowed to give the media all of four minutes and 25 seconds of interview time, a Knicks PR official told reporters, “Now get the (bleep) out.’’

Earlier, Anthony said he believes he and his teammates are still trying to figure out what they need to do to win.

So far, they’ve lost three of four games at the Garden, with horrendous starts in the losses to the Timberwolves, Bobcats and Spurs.

“The confidence is there, I don’t think we’re losing that,’’ he said. “Right now it’s just all about the effort. There’s something about playing on our home court. All of a sudden, we’re not coming out and playing hard in front of our fans. We’re just not getting it done.’’

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