James Dolan is a petty man. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

James Dolan donates $50K to politician's opponent after he said Knicks should be sold

It's been about seven years since the New York Knicks last made the playoffs. While fans continue to support the team despite their struggles, one New York congressman blasted their lack of success.

Max Rose, who serves as a congressman for New York's 11th congressional district (Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn), called out Knicks owner James Dolan recently, saying he should sell the team, according to TMZ Sports.

As a response to Rose's comments, Dolan sent a $50,000 check to "The Governing Majority Fund," according to the New York Post. Dolan's check was sent to help GOP Congressional candidate Nicole Malliotakis beat Rose. 

Many figured that Rose's comments wouldn't sit well with Dolan, who has never taken criticism lightly. Back in 2017, Dolan ejected Charles Oakley, a prominent and successful Knick from the '90s and critic of Dolan. In 2019, Dolan had a fan removed from Madison Square Garden for yelling at him to sell the team.

Rose isn't necessarily off base by requesting that Dolan sell the team. Dolan took over the Knicks in 1999, and since then, the team has made the playoffs just five times.

The Knicks have been in a rut for the last two decades and probably won't leap out of the hole during the 2020-21 season. While New York had solid odds to win the first overall pick in the draft, they'll instead pick eighth and lose out on LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman, among other talented prospects.

Things are going to have to change if the Knicks have any hope of turning things around, and they'll have to bring in some superstar talent if they want to find any success in the near future.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90

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