New York Mets owner John Schuerholz says he’s ‘tired of hearing about what’s going on with the team’
New York City-based billionaire John Schulerholz is reportedly set to become the new owner of the New York Knicks.
Schuerholtz, who is in his seventh season as the team’s general manager, was not available to talk to reporters on Tuesday when he visited the Knicks’ practice facility.
Sources told ESPN that the Knicks, who have been struggling mightily in recent weeks, are likely to have a trade deadline of late next month.
Schulerholtz has spent most of his tenure as a member of the Knicks as they have been one of the worst teams in the league this season, having gone from winning two titles in a row to one of only two teams in NBA history to miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season.
The Knicks currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the Brooklyn Nets, who are in third place, with a game in hand on New York.
Schumerholz, who has made $4.9 billion in his first four years in the NBA, is expected to make a big splash this summer when he takes over the Knicks from Scott Perry.
Schumanholz was in New York on Tuesday to take part in the team day, where he reportedly met with a number of players including Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith and Carmelo Thomas.
Schuellerholz reportedly told Knicks general manager Gar Forman that he’s “tired” of hearing what’s happening with the Knicks.
“I know you’re tired of hearing all of this and hearing all the noise about the players, but it’s not good,” he said.
“I know what you’re going through.
You know what it’s like.”
Sources told Sports Illustrated that Schuerhoz would not be able to officially purchase the team until after the Knicks are eliminated from the playoffs.
The New York Daily News reported that Schuler’s agent, Steve Schuerhofer, said Tuesday that he has been in contact with the club about a potential deal.
Sources have also said that the New Yorker would be willing to let his former employer buy the team for $1 billion.
Schueberhofer told ESPN’s Marc Stein in February that he and Schuler have been talking about the possibility of SchuerHolz purchasing the Knicks for a few weeks, saying that he is “hopeful” the deal could be made in the next week.
“He wants to sell it.
He wants to get out,” Schuerhoffer told Stein.
“He wants the franchise to go.”
Schuerhauer is reportedly seeking a buyer for the Knicks after the team was swept in the playoffs by the Brooklyn Nets, who were swept in a series that featured the Nets winning seven of eight games.
Schuers interest in the Knicks has been fueled by a number one priority for Schuerhens personal brand: the team.
He bought the team after he left the Boston Celtics in 2005 and built it into one of sports’ best franchises, winning back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, when he was named GM.
Schulz has built a successful franchise through a number a bold moves, including the addition of superstar point guard Chris Paul to the roster.
The two have had a long and productive relationship, and it appears that he intends to continue to do so.
Schuliholz has made no secret of his desire to cash in on the team, spending more than $2.5 billion over the past five years.
The latest New York Post/ESPN/USA Today Sports poll of 2,000 adults in New Jersey showed that he currently holds a 53 percent approval rating with 42 percent disapproving.