Knicks Owner James Dolan Calls Fan Altercation An "Ambush"


They have been tied to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and a franchise long afflicted with delusions of grandeur hasn't seemed so delusional lately, even as team execs have downplayed any free agent build-up. At the forefront of the mess is owner James Dolan, who made waves this week after an altercation with a fan. He stopped just short of declaring that stars were on their way to NY and the playoffs were a certainty next season.

New York Daily News sports editor Kyle Wagner on Tuesday issued a savage response to Knicks owner James Dolan. "They were stalking me. What they are doing is they are trying to destabilize what we have, because they know that we are favored, they know that free agents want to come to us". No, you can't do that in Madison Square Garden.

Dolan, though, claimed that he had initially planned to invite the fan back to the Garden and give him a VIP, behind-the-scenes experience. He said it becomes the taunting problem when people become "confrontational".

"There are certain journalists that, you know, actually wish ill will toward the team", Dolan said in defense of his decision. "You are not allowed to stalk the owner and then confront him like that".

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Dolan stopped and walked toward the fan, telling him the comment was rude.

In Dolan's Tuesday interview, he was asked about the New York Daily News not being invited to press conferences. "We can't respond because of the National Basketball Association rules, etc. I can tell you from what we have heard, we are going to have a very successful offseason when it comes to free agents".

"For the record, I'm not selling the team and I'm not quitting", said Dolan. "You take a look at some of the players that we have, and they won't be the centerpiece of the team, but as complements to the centerpieces of the team".