Prior To Spike Lee’s fight with Knicks owner James Dolan this past week, there was former Knicks big guy Charles Oakley’s run- in with the head of the franchise in 2017 in which he was ejected from a game following a spoken run-in with Dolan.
That occurrence resulted in Oakley being apprehended (the charges were dropped in 2018). He was later on prohibited from Madison Square Garden, a relocation that distressed numerous longtime New York basketball fans who hold Oakley in reverence.
It clearly checked off Oakley, too, leading him to come to the defense of Lee on Wednesday after Lee was associated with a squabble over which entryway he was expected to utilize at MSG. Oakley described the Knicks as “a plantation” in an interview on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo”show In a different interview with The Associated Press, Oakley stated Dolan was doing incorrect by the city with his handling of Lee.
“Spike means a lot to New York. All the boroughs. He’s a game changer for black movies, black superstars. He gave a lot of people chances to better themselves. This wasn’t fair,” Oakley informed the AP by phone. “You’re cheating the people of New York when you do something like that to a New York native. I know he was born in Georgia but he’s been here long enough.”
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Lee is most likely the most popular Knicks fan of perpetuity, sticking to the team through its leanest years as a courtside component. The wear and tear of his relationship with ownership, then, is another marker of the having a hard time company’s down slide.
The Knicks have actually had numerous unseemly events this season. Fans led a “Sell the team” chant at MSG in January, on the night a battle broke out in between the Knicks and Grizzlies. There were likewise strange ejections of Marcus Morris and Bobby Portis. Lee’s falling out with Dolan is merely business as normal in New York.