With the Knicks starting out at 1-2, owner James Dolan isn’t exactly the happiest camper right now and based on a report from the New York Daily News, his team isn’t the only thing feeling his wrath.
Apparently, the New York Knicks cheerleading squad (Knicks City Dancers) is going to be seeing less time on the floor according to Frank Isola:
Being the Knicks coach under Dolan has never been a walk in the park, but it’s especially difficult now with Dolan expecting a championship. Perhaps the only group that has it worse than Woodson’s staff is — and I can’t believe I’m typing this — the Knicks City Dancers.
Dolan has become such a hands-on owner — figuratively speaking — that, according to a source, he doesn’t want the dancers dancing. Crazy, right? The same guy who wanted creative input on the dancers’ outfits (and he’s good at it) apparently ordered that the girls’ roles be reduced to mostly throwing T-shirts into the crowd. They performed maybe one routine on Sunday.
Why? No one seems to know, except the standard answer is usually “that’s Dolan.”
Free The Knicks City Dancers!!!!
Update: The New York Post reports that the Knicks City Dancers aren’t getting the shaft but they are being “rebranded”:
“We’re in the process of a rebranding of the Knicks City Dancers,” the source said. “We’re looking at making them bigger and better so they’re not just regular cheerleaders.”
The Garden source added the plan is to make the routines more “classy,” citing the tap-dance number that was performed Sunday night. The number of routines changes from game to game.
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