I am not a basketball fan, nor am I enthralled by New York City (I live on the other side of the US). But some of the best Deadspin posts were about the Knicks and owner James Dolan, and someone needs to continue that tradition. Here goes.
The Knicks are currently 13-36. If you are also not a fan of basketball, or any sports, I should tell you that 13-36 is a bad record. There is one team below them in the 15-team Eastern Conference. This is normal for the Knicks. And the fans, as you can imagine, are sick of normal.
On Wednesday night, there was a fracas at the end of another Knicks loss, this one at the hands of the
Vancouver Memphis Grizzlies. A Knicks player took exception to a Van- Grizzlies player running up the score and proceeded to deck that opponent. I’m going to try to embed a video here:
I think it worked! Anyway, Quote of the Year (thus far) at the end of the video: “This is embarrassing for the Knicks.”
And what was the fan reaction? Even better. They took the opportunity to lay into Dolan, chanting quite loudly, “Sell the team!” repeatedly. Can I embed a tweet?
Yes I can! Awesome. According to the NY Post:
As the unsportsmanlike scene unfolded, sickened Garden fans chanted “Sell the team’’ for about 20 seconds as Dolan left his seat.
According to that Post, uh, post, Dolan also pointed out a single teenage fan to security for allegedly being one of the chanters.
He has previously banned people from Madison Square Garden for life for hurting his tender feelings. I’ve not seen any response from his office on how he intends to ban all Knicks fans in attendance last night.