March Madness comes in different forms.
It should not be Spike Lee versus James Dolan’s Knicks.
Just as it should never have been Charles Oakley versus James Dolan’s Knicks.
There are two sides to every story, but this is another unnecessary, mindless story that yet again besmirches the Garden’s reputation.
It’s bad enough that the team is bad enough, and has been bad enough for what seems like an eternity.
It’s a bad enough look not inviting Marv Albert to the ’69 Knicks reunion …
But going to war with Spike Lee over which entrance he should use?
End the madness!
Lee’s charge that he was harassed by Garden security?
“Laughable,” say the Knicks.
Except the only ones laughing are Dolan haters who have been conditioned to see this latest fiasco as:
Spike versus Spite.
And maybe, just maybe, that’s somewhat unfair to Dolan. It was Spike’s escalation on Tuesday morning that prompted the predictable knee-jerk escalation from the Garden.
And then this nuclear strike from Spike, to the New York Times: “Whats laughable is how the Knicks are the laughingstock of the league in sports. That’s what’s f–king laughable.”
Dolan’s problem is he has lost the benefit of any doubt.
Why does it seem as if the expression “cooler heads prevailed” never applies to the Knicks?
Why isn’t discretion ever the better part of valor?
It is sad that your loyal superfan who has had season tickets for 28 mostly unfulfilling years views his Knicks as The Gang That Can’t Shoot off the court as well as on it.
Why can’t there be private communication instead of a public public relations war for all to see with your No. 1 fan?
Why confrontation instead of conciliation?
New Knicks president Leon Rose should tell it like it is to his new boss:
This won’t help us recruit free agents, Jim.
There is video confirming that Spike and Dolan did indeed shake hands at halftime of Monday night’s game. Spike stayed for the remainder of the Rockets game — before sleeping on whatever the hell truly transpired and vowing he would not be returning for the rest of this tortured season.
He said, he said one more time.
As far as I’m concerned, if Spike Lee wants to enter from the damn employees entrance instead of the VIP entrance, let him, for crying out loud.
But it’s Dolan’s team and he can do what he pleases.
Old-time Knicks villain Reggie Miller wrote on Twitter: “Switch your allegiance, Spike.”
Imagine that: The former Indiana Pacer who Spike good-naturedly harassed from his front-row seat taking more shots at the Knicks.
It is past time for this kind of mudslinging and pettiness to end.
“It’s disappointing that Spike would create this false controversy to perpetuate drama,” said the Knicks.
Once upon a time, there was Willis Reed hobbling out for Game 7 against Wilt Chamberlain and the Lakers, Clyde Frazier carrying that inspiration to the top of the basketball world, Marvelous Marv giving us “Yes!” after “Yes!” after “Yes!”
That is the kind of long-lost drama that Rose will try, against all odds, to bring back.