During an appearance on "The Michael Kay Show" on 98.7 ESPN New York, Dolan explained the incident and defended his actions. At the forefront of the mess is owner James Dolan, who made waves this week after an altercation with a fan. "From players, from representatives, it's about who wants to come", Dolan said. Dolan stressed he wouldn't sell even if someone offered him as much as $6 billion.
Later on Tuesday, Simmons fired back, saying sarcastically on Twitter, "Clearly - the biggest lure for future free agents is the perennially stable Knicks franchise, all those playoff wins and the leadership of owner James Dolan". But upon learning that the fan moved sections to film a confrontation with Dolan, the lifetime ban was issued. We have video which shows them moving from one side of the arena to the other and pointing to me to set this ambush up and they did.
It's unclear what Dolan plans to do with the assets his team has now, but it seems like he's banking on a bountiful free-agent harvest for now. As soon as they were done with it, it was immediately sold to TMZ. "You are not allowed to stalk the owner and then confront him like that". "They were stalking me", Dolan said.
Knicks fans will just have to keep dreaming. He said it becomes the taunting problem when people become "confrontational".
In Dolan's Tuesday interview, he was asked about the New York Daily News not being invited to press conferences. 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.