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  • were one game over 500 going into the second half of the season.

  • I see clear blue skies.

  • I'm thinking we're going to make the playoffs.

  • You're going to have an impact And then yesterday happens.

  • And I'm not blaming this on Dolan.

  • But there has to be something just wrong at Madison Square Garden.

  • Can anybody can any of you imagine Derek Jeter being stopped entering Yankee Stadium?

  • Magic Johnson being stopped entering the Staples Center?

  • Yeah, Michael Jordan, the goat.

  • Don't hate Michael Jordan being stopped entering the United Center.

  • WTF Yeah, Aqua Man being stopped entering the ocean.

  • I mean, like, it's unbelievable.

  • The pope at the Vatican.

  • What's the what?

  • The analogy from Max did I know that the Vatican that was coming?

  • Oh, sorry.

  • I I said it in the first hour.

  • I can't retroactively bite.

  • Stop that.

  • It's a power spike.

  • This is what I'm saying.

  • They you know there's a poem about the Holocaust, you know?

  • First they came for the Socialists.

  • I didn't say anything.

  • And then they came.

  • And then eventually they came for me and there was no one left to speak.

  • They already came for you.

  • They came for you already, Spike, and you're still riding with them.

  • They come from Patrick.

  • They came for Oakley.

  • They came for you.

  • Still riding with the making.

  • Excuses for him came from Patrick.

  • You can trade the Holy Trinity of Of of the Knicks in the last 40 years.

  • Boy.

  • John Starks.

  • Better than John.

  • Step better watch his back.

  • Well, I will.

  • I will say this.

  • I will say this.

  • Listen on.

  • On on.

  • On a more playful level, all of all, the people that Spike Lee mentioned, all of them won championships.

  • We're still waiting for ours.

  • It's been since 1973.

  • Jeter, Jordan.

  • Guys like that.

  • They want chips.

  • That wasn't the case with Ewing, but on a more serious level, he means that much to Madison Square Garden.

  • He should mean that much to New Yorkers.

  • The only level of credibility we've had pretty much over the last two decades over the last three decades has been because of Patrick Ewing.

  • Um, and on a more serious note, where Spike doesn't blame you, don't blame James Dolan.

  • I do.

  • And here's why.

  • Because we ain't talking about the Knicks.

  • We're talking about Madison Square Garden We're talking about personnel there.

  • They know who Patrick Ewing is.

  • They knew who Spike Lee was.

  • Uh is they knew who Charles Oakley was and is the common denominator where you're alluding to A lack of respect and a lack of appreciation emanates from that man right there.

  • James Dolan.

  • And that's where I have the problem.

  • If you held folks in high regard and you celebrated with a level of appreciation, these individuals, for what they meant to the franchise, everyone would march lockstep and nobody would give any problems.

  • Think about that for a second here.

  • There's nowhere we can go back to.

  • What happened to you, Spike?

  • Don't tell me.

  • And even you acknowledge that was the security personnel there.

  • They didn't want to bother you.

  • They were compared with time.

  • So those are good dudes.

  • Security and those are good dudes.

  • They've been in years and they like to say this.

  • There was two brothers.

  • Yeah, and they want to jam.

  • He didn't want They didn't want They didn't want to do that.

  • You want to escort me out the garden, of course, around the corner to come back in knowing that I couldn't come back in because my ticket been scanned already.

  • They don't want to do that.

  • And I didn't want to do anything to get those brothers to lose their job.

  • So it was.

  • It was a tight jam, by the way.

  • I'm not even making jokes, Spike.

  • It doesn't take two security guards to walk Spike Lee out of the garden if they're like even that is like a show of force that that's like, I don't get it, Max, let me let me give you, Let me give you a couple of tidbits and notes here I have had I remember when John Jonathan Soprano went to the world who used to work for the New York Knicks, came rushing over because there was something that was going on with Oakley and stuff like that at the time.

  • And I was at the Garden and I'm standing in the tunnel and he runs over towards me.

  • You can't stand there.

  • You can't stand there.

  • Reporters before games walk around stuff like that.

  • But somehow, some way, you know what at the garden, you got to get the hell out of there.

  • You had players that are scared to communicate.

  • Why because they feel like somebody might have access to their phones, their text messages or who they're receiving phone calls from.

  • This is the environment that existed at Madison Square Garden.

  • I'm not talking about the Knicks I'm talking about inside Madison Square Garden.

  • It doesn't matter what's going on there.

  • This is the level of petrol.

  • You know, just being petrified that people have had their in recent memory.

  • There's one common denominator, and that's James Dolan.

  • But and like Stephen, they brought it up.

  • You brought it up off the top.

  • People are starting to feel good.

  • This is why I'm saying I'm never coming back to the Knicks as long as Dolan owns the team, even when he seems to get out of his way his own way, finally and put in a regime and he's put in a lot of them and this one seems to work right away.

  • They've done an outstanding job, the cultures, and all of a sudden I really my mindset.

  • We're in the middle pandemic 1 500,000 Americans, father's father's father's mother's relatives.

  • Friends are no longer here.

  • So my mindset is, Look, that stuff that happened before, I'm like I'm peace and love trying to move forward.

  • The last thing I wanted to do was be involved.

  • Somehow we're Dolan again, and and it happened.

  • It wasn't my fault.

  • And now the whole thing has happened again.

  • I thought the story would be dead between me and Dolan.

  • It's like Al Pacino to me.

  • Oakley.

  • It's like Al Pacino in The Godfather.

  • I keep kinda guy.

  • They keep bringing me back.

  • They keep bringing me back.

  • Listen, the reason why I'm protective of the Knicks right now is because I think Leon Rose Worldwide, William Wesley, Scott Perry, Tom Thibodeau have done an outstanding job of getting you to focus on what the Knicks are doing.

  • Their competitive almost every night they fight, they scratch their claw, and they're winning just as much.

  • Uh, thanks for watching ESPN on YouTube for live streaming sports and premium content.

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