Rasheed Wallace, who spent 21 games with the Knicks in 2012-13 during what was his final season in the NBA before retiring, is not among those who believe the team can't win as long as James Dolan remains in charge.
Speaking Tuesday on The Moose and Maggie Show on WFAN, Wallace gave his thoughts on the Dolan situation and explained what the Knicks need to do to be successful.
"No, not really, because it's just a matter of who you put in place," Wallace said when asked whether the Knicks will be in bad shape as long as Dolan is at the helm. "You can't win if you're changing your coach every year or every two years. You can't win if you only have that one player and you're not bringing no backup help in here for him. You're not bringing no bench into your forum. You can't win.
"That year that the Knicks made the championship, they had a solid team. Solid team, solid coach. They were respected at each position. That's what it's gonna have to get back to. You are gonna have to be respected at each position from the head coach, the first five that you put out there, and the first two, three that you bring off your bench. Guys are gonna have to know who this is, who you are, what we're gonna do."
While the Knicks have been a mess for the better part of the last two decades, Dolan hasn't been nearly as hands-on as he used to be over the last five years or so, instead trusting team presidents and general managers to handle day-to-day operations.
That those presidents and general managers (including Steve Mills, whose tenure recently ended) have failed is of course a reflection on Dolan.
Some also blame the presence of Dolan and the culture that has been prevalent under his leadership for the Knicks not being able to lure Kevin Durant or another big free agent in last summer.
The Knicks, who were 21-45 before the 2019-20 season was paused in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, are in the midst of yet another rebuild they hope to emerge from sooner rather than later with young cogs Mitchell Robinson and RJ Barrett as key pieces of the team going forward.