James Dolan Rumors
Charles Oakley says he’s “hurting” that ex-teammate Patrick Ewing didn’t call him after he was forcefully removed from Madison Square Garden last month … saying, “You should have been the first!” “I’m hurting because he didn’t call in and show love because I had his back for 10 years,” Oakley told TMZ Sports.
Times have changed, Checketts said, as have expectations. “They are way lower than ever before,” he said of the Knicks in a telephone interview. “I’m not mocking them. I’m just saying — making the playoffs would be a gigantic accomplishment for them.” Checketts added: “For the teams we had, we couldn’t afford to not at least make a case that we could win it all. But I don’t think there’s any question that they could get away with rebuilding now because the fan base has been built over time and the expectations are so much lower. But I think it’s going to be important to communicate it purposefully and properly.”
Certain “restrictions” were placed on MSG Network personnel, including Andariese, who no longer were permitted to speak with those who covered Garden teams or its network without the conversation being “monitored” by a Garden operative. Andariese and I continued to speak — we held comically clandestine telephone conversations — but we refused to play by such rules. For his protection, I never again quoted him unless it was something he said on the air.
At a Knicks game late in 2012, Andariese, 73, just retired and showing symptoms of growing dementia, was honored with the Dick McGuire Knicks Legacy Award. As Andariese and his family walked to center court from their seats, close to Dolan’s, Dolan never made a move to congratulate or even acknowledge him. Same after the ceremony. When Andariese returned to his seat, Dolan just sat there.