Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

James Dolan said he banned heckling Knicks fan because confrontation was 'planned'

James Dolan said he banned heckling Knicks fan because confrontation was 'planned'

Dolan, during a radio appearance Tuesday on ESPN Radio, expressed a very high level of confidence that NY will be successful in National Basketball Association free agency this summer.

"For the record, I am not selling the team, and I am not quitting", Dolan, the team's owner, said on Tuesday during a rare radio interview.

The fan yelled "sell the team!" at Dolan as the owner of the New York Knicks was entering the tunnel to exit the main bowl of the arena.

"We hear from people all the time, from players, from representatives [about] who wants to come", Dolan said.

Dolan also has a history with Knicks legend Charles Oakley.

Following the game, former Knicks forward Charles Oakley said National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver needs to get involved and put a stop to Dolan.

Despite its poor showing over the past number of seasons, the New York Knicks still remain to be one of the richest franchises in the league as well as (supposedly) a prime destination for free agents.

Asked about that exchange Tuesday, the 63-year-old owner said he understood that "for the fans it's about winning and losing, and we haven't been doing much winning, and so there's a real big frustration there". Dolan asked, adding that the fan's comment was rude. Then as soon as they were done with it, it was immediately sold to TMZ. "They were stalking me". You hear all kinds of stuff, but what is a problem is when someone becomes confrontational. However, he said, that changed when it "became clear that the whole thing was planned".

Dolan brushed off the notion that the incident may have contributed to possible concerns among high-profile free agents about coming to NY, calling the city "the mecca" of basketball. Right? What I was thinking was that we'd invite him back to the next game and take him back and have him meet the team, and see what was going on - get him a sense of, 'Hey, this team is doing very well.

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