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Knicks owner James Dolan expresses bold confidence ahead of free agency

Knicks owner James Dolan expresses bold confidence ahead of free agency

Does New York Knicks owner James Dolan know something the rest of us don't?

Dolan, during a radio appearance Tuesday on ESPN Radio, expressed a very high level of confidence that New York will be successful in NBA free agency this summer.

"We hear from people all the time. From players, from representatives, it's about who wants to come," Dolan said. "We can't respond because of the NBA rules, etc., but that doesn't stop them from telling us, and they do. I can tell you from what we've heard, I think we're going to have a very successful offseason when it comes to free agents."

Check out his full comments in the video below:

He also talked about The Ringer's Bill Simmons, who said on one of his recent podcasts that Dolan was "courting offers" to sell the Knicks. Dolan also accused Simmons of trying to "destabilize" the Knicks.

The Knicks, of course, have been a rumored destination for Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, both of whom are able to become unrestricted free agents in July.

Irving said during a Celtics season ticket holder event in October that he planned to re-sign in Boston, but when asked about his future before a February game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the superstar guard said "ask me July 1." Durant and the Warriors have had their fair share of reported friction this season, highlighted by an on-court incident between KD and Warriors teammate Draymond Green in November.

The Knicks have two max contract slots entering the summer, and there's no question they will at least attempt to land marquee free agents. But the Knicks have done very little over the last 25 years or so to show free agents that the organization is capable of making the right decisions in building a championship roster.

Will that be enough to keep Durant, Irving and others away from MSG this summer? Time will tell. 

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Kendrick Perkins: We just have to continue to use our voices

Kendrick Perkins: We just have to continue to use our voices

Over the last few days, we've seen several notable athletes take to the streets to protest George Floyd's murder and the racial injustices that continue to plague the country.

Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown led the charge on Saturday, driving 15 hours from Boston to Atlanta to organize a peaceful protest with fellow NBAer Malcolm Brogdon.

Brown's Celtics teammates Marcus Smart, Enes Kanter, and Vincent Poirier followed suit on Sunday with a peaceful protest in Boston, showing the tremendous impact athletes can have on their communities when they let their voices be heard.

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Monday on Early Edition, former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins discussed how Brown and other athletes affect social change when they decide to speak up.

"We just gotta continue to use our voices. We can't change racism overnight, but we can change the system, and our voices need to be heard. It don't matter what race you come from. It's just speak what's right, and stand on what you believe in. It's leading by example.

"When you look at even a guy like Stephen Jackson who I think set the bar, and then all of a sudden Jaylen Brown who's a younger guy in this league say, 'Oh, if Stephen Jackson is out here, a retired player, and he's standing on the frontline, then let me do it. And then all of a sudden, guess what, Jaylen Brown, he influenced Enes Kanter. It's a chain reaction, so whether you're a veteran or a young guy, that don't matter. It's just about taking a stand and taking a trend."

As Perkins notes, when one player finds the courage to speak up, it starts a chain reaction. Some may hesitate to use their voice in fear of the backlash they may receive, but now more than ever it's important to put that fear aside and stand up for what's right.

There's no doubt Brown's admirable actions influenced other athletes and public figures to take a stand, and that's something we should start to see more of in our society.

You can watch the full interview with Perkins below:

Brad Stevens breaks Twitter silence to endorse need for change after George Floyd's death

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Brad Stevens breaks Twitter silence to endorse need for change after George Floyd's death

Brad Stevens isn't very active on Twitter. In fact, his last tweet before Monday came during March Madness in 2017 when his former team, Butler University, was making its NCAA Tournament run.

Stevens broke his three-year Twitter silence Monday morning with two tweets, both of which stressed the importance of making real change to combat racial injustice in America following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

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The first tweet from Stevens was his support of the NBA Coaches Association's statement on Floyd's death.

The second tweet was a message from Stevens regarding former President Barack Obama's article that he wrote for Medium titled, "How to Make This Moment The Turning Point For Real Change.” 

Boston Celtics players have taken an active role over the last week in calling for change and engaging in peaceful protests.

Celtics guard and Georgia native Jaylen Brown made the long drive from Boston to Atlanta to lead a peaceful protest Saturday. Celtics centers Enes Kanter and Vincent Poirier, and guard Marcus Smart also joined protesters in Boston on Sunday.

The Celtics released their own statement Sunday, which included the following passage: "We stand with our players, employees, partners, and fans in being committed to championing the change we need.”