What a sly guy, that James Dolan. The latest move for the Knicks’ owner in his public-relations Battle Royale with Charles Oakley, after suggesting Oakley had mental problems and was an alcoholic, was tapping into the long memory of New York basketball fans.
Dolan saddled up with former Knicks bad boy Latrell Sprewell for their surprising win over the Spurs on Sunday in Madison Square Garden. It was an effort to show he hugged out his differences with Sprewell, who was fined $25,000 for screaming obscenities at Dolan during his return in 2003 with the T-Wolves.
Their joyous reunion Sunday came in the midst of his feud with Oakley, who was ejected and arrested last week after heckling Dolan. Former Knicks greats Bernard King and Larry Johnson also sat with Dolan. Others in attendance included Bill Bradley, Gerald Wilkens and Kenny Walker.
Knicks fans love history, but don’t have selective memories. Many had the same disdain for Dolan that Oakley showed last week. Fans don’t pay big money for tickets to watch Dolan own the team. They almost always side with players, and Oakley was one of their favorites. They’re not forgetting about him any time soon.