There’s been a lot of chatter of late regarding the future of one Mr. Michael D’Antoni, captain of the adrift ship otherwise known as the New York Knickerbockers.
Some say he should be exiled immediately for a lack of focus on team defense and rebounding.
Fans and media members in this camp also point to the manic-depressant style of play exhibited by the team on a quarter-by-quarter basis.
Still others claim D’Antoni should be given more time to work with a newly constructed, incomplete and inadequate roster.
These “apologists” claim that even the great Red Holzman would have had a hard time coaxing wins out of the Knicks’ rosters of the last three seasons — never mind that he’s been dead for almost 13 years!
In the end, the decision on D’Antoni’s fate will ultimately rest with James Dolan, Chairman and CEO of Cablevision, who also happens to own the franchise.
Now I know what you’re thinking.
Dolan has made some questionable moves in the past. He’s fostered an MSG environment rife with shortsightedness, insecurity, and a truly dumbfounding lack of vision.
So in essence then, it doesn’t much matter which side of MDA argument you fall on, because none of us has the slighest clue what the erratic Dolan will do at season’s end with respect to his coach — or his General Manager, for that matter.
Or do we?
Sometimes predictions come from the most unexpected of places. Coincidentally, take a look at the mission of the American Mustache Institute:
AMI promotes the growth, care, and culture of the mustache, and works to create a climate of acceptance, understanding, flavor saving, and upper lip warmth for all Mustached Americans alike.
You see, Dolan and D’Antoni are joined by a bond that goes deeper than any employer/employee relationship ever could; the bond of the mustache.
It makes no difference that Dolan no longer rocks a full goatee, either. Despite Dolan’s recent clean-shavedness, a mustache — in any of its various forms — is still a mustache.
You know what they say, once you go black… facial hair, you never…
So party on, Mike D’Antoni. Preach defense. Or don’t. No matter. As long as you keep that glorious ‘stache in fine order, you’ll always have a place on Dolan’s team.
Donnie Walsh? You might be in trouble.
UPDATE: Thanks to loyal reader Adam L. for pointing out to us that Dolan had indeed shaved his stinky goatee. That thing looked terrible.