Have Knicks Fans Gained Any Respect for James Dolan?

With the announcement that thirteen-time NBA champion Phil Jackson is taking over as the Knicks' President of Basketball Operations, there's no doubt that Tuesday morning proved to be a historic day in the team's history.

Of course, Jackson's appointment will prove to be all the monumental if he proceeds to put the proper pieces necessary in place for New York to win its first NBA title in over forty years.

In the meantime, one thing is for sure: Jackson's in charge as the main man with a plan.

The legend's introduction proved to be a day where Knicks' owner James Dolan asserted he'd be taking a step back. He'll now be leaving the handling of basketball operations to the people actually in charge of them: Jackson and General Manager Steve Mills.

At Jackson's press conference, Dolan admitted to being out of his element when it comes to basketball — helping turn the Knicks around and seeing to it that they achieve greatness once again. The fans are certainly deserving of seeing something special evolve in the Big Apple.

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio later on in the day, Dolan was thrown no softballs when it came to explaining his role (or lack there of) in the Knicks' most recent struggles. In his first radio interview in approximately seven years, the owner was asked why he (and Mills as well, for that matter) had failed to come out and speak up amid these frustrating times for his team. According to Dolan, because he could not offer any solutions and/or prove that he and the team's front office were hard at work to remedy the situation, he opted not to speak at all.

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all, I suppose.

Once he and the Knicks were in fact working on something to help make things right (the hiring of Jackson, of course), Dolan opted to continue keeping quiet, seemingly hoping not to jeopardize anything and/or tip another team off. That's sensible and/or understandable enough.

Over the course of the interview, Dolan also alluded to the fact that losing does eat at him, ticket prices will not rise next season, and that he has no regrets about not signing Jeremy Lin. And although he's not in this business to be loved by everybody, Dolan said he is still friendly with Isiah Thomas.

You can hear the interview in its entirety by clicking here. 

For what it's worth, the Knicks' owner was forthcoming, honest, and blatant throughout the day, if nothing else. With that in mind, will anything change? Have fans gained a little bit more respect for Dolan? That remains to be seen.