The New York Knicks are in the midst of their worst stretch in franchise history with five straight 50-loss seasons and they're on pace to make it six this season.
During David Stern's regime, he lobbied James Dolan to replace Isiah Thomas with Donnie Walsh as team president.
Adam Silver, however, has gone on record to say he won't intervene with the Knicks. Silver reportedly had a role with the Philadelphia 76ers hiring Jerry Colangelo as the franchise began to pivot away from Sam Hinkie.
“I wouldn’t. It’s not my role,” Silver said Thursday on WFAN. “Of course, I work for 30 teams. And the 29 other teams want to beat that team. That’s not to say me getting involved (would be good) and that I’m in any better position to know what to do. We set the rules. And then we try to have a level playing field for the teams to compete."
Silver said he's unsure if the league has suffered because of the Knicks’ longstanding losing record.
“I’m not sure,” Silver said on WFAN. “I would just say it would obviously be great in the country’s largest media market to have a high performing team, one that’s winning more games on the floor. But at the same time, increasingly with every game available through digital media, league pass, apps, national broadcasts – I think the market is less significant than it used to be. All things being equal, sure you’d like to see big city teams be successful. At the end of the day, you want to see teams compete the best they can.
"I think what’s healthy for the league is for players not to have the sense that they need to be in certain markets in order to be successful. And honestly that hurts the Knicks in certain ways. Because a player now realizes they can be in Indiana or San Antonio and Oklahoma City — and if their team is winning, they’re going to be globally famous and all the endorsements will follow. And I think back in the day there were much larger economic differences between being successful in New York and being successful in a smaller market.”