The Mecca of Basketball No More

What we saw last night at the Garden was the most pathetic thing since we saw the Knicks get manhandled by the 17-win Lakers just two days before. You ask yourselves “what can this franchise do to embarrass themselves even more?” And then they go on and do it.

In a crazy scene at the Garden last night, Knicks legend Charles Oakley was apprehended and arrested for what at first was rumored to be an altercation involving Knicks owner and full-time dope James Dolan.

Let me be the first to say that when you see police and security, no matter what you did or did not do, shoving them and creating more of a scene is not going to end well. But when you find out that the worst thing you did was buy tickets to watch this barn fire of a franchise, what happened yesterday takes the cake.

Charles Oakley was the embodiment of New York and New Yorkers during his Knicks-playing days. With his physicality and over the top defense, Oakley was a huge part of the good Knicks teams of the 90’s.  The phrase “blood, sweat and tears” was probably first said by someone who was in attendance watching Oakley give 110% every time he laced his sneakers up.

Even more embarrassing to me is the fact that the Knicks would allow Oakley to purchase tickets to watch the game, rather than have a seat with his name on it for whenever he wanted to show up and watch this pathetic excuse of a team. But we’ve seen the Knicks do this to their franchise players in the past. Whether it was screwing Patrick Ewing or Mark Jackson – two of their own – out of coaching gigs, this is nothing new to James Dolan.

Even more sickening is how the Knicks PR Team tweeted out this response in regards to the situation moments after it happened:

“Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner. He has been ejected and is currently being arrested by the New York City Police Department. He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon.”

You hope he gets help soon? I find it ironic how a franchise that hasn’t been relevant since 1973 hopes someone gets help soon. The best way to achieve that would be for James Dolan to take his guitar, his harmonica, more of his father’s money and take a nice long walk. Maybe he could take Phil Jackson with him, too. Because the way these two have treated former and current Knicks is almost as much of a joke as this pathetic team from Manhattan.

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