Raissman: It’s time for Dolan to channel his interests

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James Dolan is the center of attention among the latest Knicks drama. 

If we were one of the famed Rockettes (there’s a scary thought) we would be looking over our shoulder.

James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan, the proprietor of Radio City, has placed his other dance troupe, the Knicks City Dancers, under creative control of his Gulag Dance Theater.

So why not the legendary legs of Sixth Ave. too? Anyway, it’s only a matter of time before the Garden boss orders Steve Mills to bring a reasonable facsimile of Dancing Harry back to the World’s Most Famous Renovated Arena.

Like a skilled dancer, Dolan sure can strut his stuff. He didn’t like seeing the Knicks being humbled by the Timberwolves Sunday night, so he hoofed it over to wherever Mills, the Knicks prez/GM, was hiding, er, sitting, and reportedly threw a tantrum. Dolan’s performance drew rave reviews from other appalled eyeballs watching Carmelo Anthony and Co. waltzing back on defense.

It’s early. Still, with the Knicks playing their fifth game of the season Friday night in Charlotte, after being embarrassed Tuesday night by the mighty Bobcats, Dolan is already being Dolan. He’s selling the one constant he can: turmoil.

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This is not a bad thing, especially if the Knicks slide toward irrelevancy. Face facts: The on-court product is discombobulated. And with Tyson Chandler down with a broken leg, the situation is only going to get worse.

If those tea leaves come together, the only thing Dolan will have left to sell is a soap opera. It worked during Isiah Thomas’ dysfunctional reign. The losses mounted, but the ratings on MSGulag Network never tanked. The numbers would have even been higher if the brainiacs running the network had exploited the controversies (kind of like the Jets do). Instead, MSGN, playing by Dolan’s rules, ignored them.

It was a terrible business decision.

Now there is a chance for redemption. Already there are controversies in place. MSGN should embrace them, report them, have its cast of veteran mouths yak about them. Will Carmelo Anthony take maximum moo-la-di and remain a Knick? Or will he decide to join a legit title contender next season when he realizes the only ring he’s getting here will be self-purchased at Tiffany’s.

What is Mike Woodson’s future? There is little turnover behind the Gulag microphones. All the voices must have opinions, right? They all have experience. They all have seen Dolan fire multiple coaches.

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And then there’s Dolan. He is the star of this show. And he will continue to be as long as he owns the Knicks. It took Dolan only three games to start bitching. His decision to bench the Knicks City Dancers was wacked, even by his standards. Wacked, but juicy.

Not juicy enough for MSG Network. Or maybe too juicy. Gulag voices had many opportunities to report the Dolan story Tuesday night, spin it any way they wanted. A most opportune time would’ve been during the pregame show on a segment called “Knicks Fix,” where studio analyst Alan Hahn discusses issues surrounding the team.

On this occasion he discussed Anthony’s poor shooting, Tim Hardaway Jr.’s shooting woes, the NBA issuing flopping warnings to Kevin Love and Corey Brewer, the possibility of Charlotte tanking the season and some background on Bobcats coach Steve Clifford. Not exactly riveting material. And no mention of the Knicks owner.

On the flip side, ESPN-98.7, the Knicks’ radio partner, was all over the Dolan story. The station highlighted it on all its talk shows. Not only that, but Woodson, in his paid weekly spot, directly addressed Dolan’s Sunday night wig job during a Wednesday interview on 98.7 with Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco.

“Expectations are high. Mr. Dolan has every right to voice his opinion. I’m happy to be a worker for Mr Dolan,” said Woodson, who had the tone of a beaten (or beaten down) man. “It’s on me. It’s not on Jim.”

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The only thing preventing someone from MSG getting Woodson’s take on Dolan is 1)The suits believe Dolan would have a problem with it or 2) Dolan has actually instructed his TV lackeys not to discuss him during Knicks telecasts.

The truth likely lies in the latter. The end result is the same: a less compelling broadcast with holes in it. Then again, as the Knicks were struggling against Charlotte, MSG was able to squeeze in a riveting feature on “MSG Classroom,” a program in which students can learn the “ins and outs” of sports TV production the MSG way.

Are the students told not to mention Dolan during their mock broadcasts?

There also were the always popular halftime highlights, with Al (Wiggie) Trautwig putting his own unique twist on the video, saying: “We’ll start things off with Ron Artest. When the Rangers needed somebody to be an X factor he was the man.”

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