Following a meltdown in his recent appearance on ESPN’s First Take, renowned director and New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee has heard from several people after being part of yet another Madison Square Garden fiasco.
Lee said he’s heard from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, longtime friend Reggie Miller, Knicks legend Charles Oakley, and even the Brooklyn Nets, he told Sopan Deb of The New York Times in a text message.
The superfan noted he’s already given away the rest of his season tickets after claiming he will no longer attend games at MSG for the rest of the 2019-20 season.
“I’m coming back next year. I’ll be at the draft. But I’ll tell you this though: I heard from the Brooklyn Nets,” said Lee while inciting a laugh. “My office is in Fort Greene. Barclays is four blocks away. But I respect them. I’m not going to let anybody take away my love for the orange and blue skies. It’s not happening. I wish the Nets luck. But that ain’t happening. Heard from Mark Cuban, yesterday during the game, Reggie Miller. Heard from Charles Oakley.”
While he wouldn’t discuss what was said between him and Oakley, the two have one enemy in common — Knicks owner James Dolan.
It was only a few years ago that Dolan spearheaded the ejection of the Knicks great, and while he recently won a lawsuit verdict against the 6-foot-9 big man, he’s already lost in the court of public opinion.
The Knicks are managing to alienate some of their strongest and most charismatic supporters, and even if they are within their right to set their own rules — they are certainly looking pestilent in the public eye with these displays of hostility.