Maybe James Dolan And The Knicks Were Right To Kick Out Spike Lee?

Hear me out. Read me out.

Think about the last time the Knicks were good. Hell, think about the last time the Knicks even had a good player…

…NOT named Jeremy Lin. And if you say Carmelo Anthony, I will personally come to your house, kick you off the internet, and take away all of your AOL 75 Free Hours CD’s. Carmelo Anthony was never good as a New York Knick.

The Knicks have been really bad, not just for years, but for decades. They’re the Cleveland Browns of the NBA, the season 5 & 6 of LOST, and the Kevin of the Jonas Brothers.

They’ve won one playoff series since the 2000-2001 season, and only won 9 playoff games in total. They’ve also gone through TEN head coaches in that time. And that’s NOT including interims. Speaking of ten, they haven’t had a decent season since How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days.

And yet, despite the rock bottom this team has been sitting at since Bill Clinton was in office, what has been the one constant with this team? Spike Lee sitting courtside for just about every home game. I mean, with the Knicks, you don’t even know if the head coach will be lucky enough to sit courtside at every game. But Spike Lee will be, because they can’t fire him.

Or so we thought.

Because I think they did somehow. Kinda.

Here’s the entire scoop, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports:

Monday night, Lee was apparently blocked from getting to his customary courtside seat — you know, the one he’s heckled three decades’ worth of NBA royalty from. According to both him and the Knicks, he was told that he had to enter through a different entrance than the one he’s come through for the last 28 years of being a season ticket holder. Still, tempers flared, words were exchanged, and even though Lee eventually made it to his seat, the story didn’t end there.

Damn, first Clipper Darrell and now this?

But don’t worry, the fine folks at the Knicks public relations department will handle this and smooth everything out. I’m sure of it.


More like PUBIC relations because this statement stinks like balls. Real talk, I can’t believe a professional sports organization – or hell, any organization for that matter – used the word “laughable” in a public statement. You really think good PR is calling your most notable fan’s claim “laughable?” Even if he is wrong, you don’t disparage him by calling him laughable. In fact, I don’t know an instance in life when it is a good time to use the word laughable. You shouldn’t even refer to comedians as “laughable.”

However, with all that said… Maybe the Knicks were right with putting up barriers in their relationship with the director of the 1994 film Drop Squad (14% on Rotten Tomatoes)?

Why? Um, because he’s been a diehard fan of the Knicks this entire time.

Anyone who’s continued to sit courtside of the monstrosity of Knicks teams we’ve seen over the last couple of decades not only deserves to be kicked out of Madison Square Garden, but checked in to the nearest psychiatric ward. Don’t just give this guy the boot, give him the straightjacket.

This might be a dumb question, but it’s one worth asking: does Spike Lee have a home? Or does my man just live at Madison Square Garden, in which case, I could see why he’d be upset over what door he has to go in and out of. If my wife told me I had to start entering our house from the side door off the kitchen, I’d be pissed too. But if Spike Lee doesn’t have a home, then they were right to distance themselves from him. Madison Square Garden isn’t a good home for anyone. It’s only supposed to be comfortable for visitors.

According to ESPN, Spike has spent almost $10 million — TEN MILLION! — on season tickets over the course of his fandom. That’s half of He Got Game’s worldwide box office earnings. I couldn’t even imagine spending ten million dollars on season tickets for a good team, let alone a team run by that chicken from Moana.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Knicks owner James Dolan pulled the entrance/exit request maneuver as a way to get Spike Lee mad and stop coming to games just as a safety precaution for the few fans the Knicks still have. You don’t want crazy people at your games, and any one who is still willing to root for a team as piss poor as the New York Knickerbockers is crazy.

I guess what I’m tying to say is good move, James Dolan. He may not always be looking out for the best for his team, but he’s definitely always looking out for the best for his fans, and for that, James Dolan is the best owner in sports.


Austin hosts a country music morning radio show in Chicago after nearly a decade in sports talk radio (The Jim Rome Show, Steve Gorman SPORTS!) Colin Cowherd and Smash Mouth follow him on Twitter (which he apparently thought was important enough to share here). He also wears pants everyday.


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