A smattering of “sell the team” chants rang out from the fans inside Madison Square Garden during Wednesday night's matchup between the Knicks and Grizzlies. Loud music was pumped in to drown out the jeers, and team owner James Dolan singled out one teenager for “starting it all.”
Wednesday night's game heated up in the fourth quarter. With 48 seconds remaining in regulation and an 18-point advantage, Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder hoisted a three-point shot, which missed. Though the shot sailed off, this sort of act goes against one of the unwritten rules that NBA players share, as the game was already well in-hand.
The player who took the most exception to the three-point attempt was Knicks guard Elfrid Payton, who ran over to Crowder and shoved him into the stands.
“That shot was disrespectful,” Payton said of the altercation following the game, via ESPN. “I'm standing on that. I'd a did it again. Doesn't matter who took that shot. Don't disrespect the game like that.”
Here's the Knicks-Grizzlies scuffle that got New York so aggrieved: pic.twitter.com/KbjM34z3Rf
— Reid Goldsmith (@reidgoldsmith) January 30, 2020
Following the Knicks' 127-106 loss, fans decided to send a message to the team's ownership:
The loudest chant in MSG all night is "SELL THE TEAM" after the Knicks lose to the Grizzlies 😂 pic.twitter.com/V7hTxZvRUM
— ClutchPoints NBA (@ClutchPointsNBA) January 30, 2020
According to a report from the New York Post, Dolan shouted at security during the chanting, singling out one fan in particular:
Dolan shouted at security during the chanting and according to a source, he singled out a teenager because he was the chanting fan closest to the Knicks owner. Dolan’s on record as stating he does not appreciate when fans heckle him about giving up his ownership of the team.
Crowder, who was among the players ejected from the game, did not speak with reporters following the game.
The Knicks will be back in action on Saturday, when they'll face off against the Indiana Pacers. Tip-off inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.