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What is Wrong With the New York Knicks?

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What is Wrong With the New York Knicks?

I can’t with any conscience argue for New York with anyone. It’s like Calcutta. But I love the city in an emotional, irrational way, like loving your mother or your father even though they’re a drunk or a thief. I’ve loved the city my whole life — to me, it’s like a great woman. -Woody Allen

When speaking about life in New York City you often read quotes similar to the one above.  A combination of good and bad all spun into a fast paced, noisy lifestyle that becomes an almost unexplainable love affair.  If loving something in an irrational way could describe anything then the New York Knicks fans surely feel the same about their team.

The Knicks who were once a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference have fallen to a point that no one could have imagined.  In fact they have reached a point of somewhat absurdity and it seems to be getting worse.

Over the last month or so we have watched as President of the team Phil Jackson and the Star player Carmelo Anthony have battled it out with each other through the media.  With Jackson basically calling Carmelo a ball hog and ‘Melo responding with his passive aggressive I don’t care what he said responses.

This back and forth in the media became the beginning of a feud that has continued up to this point in the season.  Phil Jackson seems to be making every effort to make ‘Melo feel unwanted and Anthony, who has a no-trade clause has made it clear that he can be stubborn too.  Phil Jackson took another public shot at star forward Carmelo Anthony in a tweet on Tuesday, when Jackson referenced a column published on Bleacher Report that wasn’t the most kind portrayal of Anthony.

Jackson references Michael Graham in his tweet, a talented player from whom Jackson coached in the Continental Basketball Association. The pair got into an argument in the middle of a game on New Year’s Eve in 1986. Days after the incident, Jackson’s team, the Albany Patroons, released Graham.

It has gotten so bad that even die-hard Knicks fan Spike Lee seems to make better sense than Jackson or Carmelo.

“I’ll pack Phil’s bags for him,” Lee told Tencent-ESPN’s Steve Zeng on Wednesday. “I think I still believe in Carmelo, but Phil Jackson is making it very difficult for him.”

Have we really reached this point?  Have we really turned to Spike Lee for how to fix this mess?

I’m sure Knicks fans everywhere have reached a point where they can’t imagine anything else going wrong.  I mean one would hardly be surprised if it got so bad that ex-Knick stars started showing up at the games to beat up the owner, James Dolan.

Well I hope it wasn’t something that would surprise anyone because on Wednesday night that is exactly what happened.  Ex-Knick Charles Oakley decided to make an appearance in the crowd at Madison Square Garden and it didn’t end well.

The incident occurred in the first quarter when security approached Charles Oakley to ask him to leave.  It’s not clear exactly what prompted them to remove him because there are conflicting stories coming from both sides, but one thing is clear and that is Oakley still doesn’t take any crap from anyone.

Oakley would end up being arrested and charged with 3 counts of misdemeanor assault, all third degree, and one count of criminal trespass, a third-degree misdemeanor.

So here we are now just wondering how much worse could it get in New York?  I guess we will just have to wait and see, but don’t blink if you’re a Knicks fan, because if you do you will more than likely miss something exciting and it’s not basketball.