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SI.com’s got a must-read for Knicks and Rangers fans, as S.L. Price writes an extensive profile of Madison Square Garden tycoon Jim Dolan.

It’s a fascinating piece, and paints the portrait of a complicated, recovering-addict with a passion for what he does. Ultimately, the problem, as Price portrays it, is that Dolan is a know-it-all without the know-how; a megalomaniac whose much-maligned reputation is more fact than fiction – which shouldn’t come as a shock to sports fans.

Among the highlights of the article, Price describes Dolan as displaying “exaggerated self-importance, rigidly judgmental outlook, impatience, childishness, irresponsible behavior, irrational rationalization, projection and overreaction.” He relays many anecdotes to cement his point, including one in which Dolan erupted at an MSG Network meeting in October 2004 when he was shown projected costs for hockey broadcasts in 2005 that far exceeded the costs from a year earlier. The budget merely reflected the assumption that hockey would be played in 2005, as the NHL at the time was mired in a lockout for the entire ’05 season.

The article is riddled with criticism from current and former MSG employees, many of whom chose to remain anonymous. Among the critics was a former high ranking Garden official who states that to Dolan, “winning the media game is more important than winning the game.”

However, the SI piece is not entirely about negativity. Former Rangers Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky both speak glowingly of the owner, and former Knick Dikembe Mutombo expresses his gratitude that Dolan has continued to support his hospital project in his native Democratic republic of Congo, now two years since Mutombo left the Knicks.

In addition, the article quotes former Knicks coach Pat Riley, who has some nice things to say about this former team. “New York has turned the corner,” Pat Riley says. “It’s not [going to be] a $130 million payroll anymore, it’s going to keep getting down. They have a lot of good young players. They’ve just got to be patient now. So embrace it.”

Read the piece in its entirety here.

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