Knicks Fans Planning Protest Before Game At MSG On March 19
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Knicks fans have had it, and they’re ready to protest.
It appears they aren’t bluffing, either.
Fans are planning to protest before New York’s game against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden on March 19.
A group of fans — known as KF4L (Knicks Fans For Life) — have organized the event. They have put together a Facebook page that outlines their platform and provides updates.
Leading the charge are Knicks diehards Michael Brown, Anthony Samaroo and Mark Griffin.
So what exactly is the point of the planned protest? What is trying to be accomplished? Aside from wins and losses, what are these fans so angry about?
On the Facebook page, Griffin wrote, “(James) Dolan’s failure to allow knowledgeable basketball people the autonomy/power to make basketball-related decisions … His insistence on overriding the opinions of his basketball people by bidding against himself in negotiations and overpaying in trades.”
The Knicks declined to comment on Thursday.
WFAN co-host Craig Carton said on-air Wednesday that he was contacted by organizers and refuses to rally against his own team.
“We understand Dolan will not sell,” Griffin wrote on Facebook. “We understand change may not come of this. We just want our voices heard. We want to remind Dolan and the NBA that our voices matter. We buy the tickets, the jerseys, the NBA League Pass subscriptions. We are frustrated. We are tired. We deserve better.”
Griffin also took issue with the lack of communication from general manager Steve Mills to the fan base.
“Steve Mills has yet to speak to the media or fans about the state of the team since he came back,” Griffin wrote on Facebook. “The fans deserve explanations and the media deserve to do their job in order to keep fans informed.”
Griffin also made it clear that the protest is in no way aimed at the players.
“The focus of our rally is not the players,” Griffin wrote. “If Carmelo Anthony wants to re-sign and continue trying to bring a championship to the city, we support him. If he seeks to do that elsewhere we will respect his decision. We lack faith in leadership to build a team capable of lasting success whether Carmelo decides to stay or leave.
“We hope Carmelo looks at the rally as a fan base that truly cares about the success of the organization and all of the players on it.”
After winning 54 games and the Atlantic Division last season, the Knicks are sitting at 22-40, in 11th place in the Eastern Conference and 5 1/2 games behind the Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot.
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