This New York Knicks season has been tumultuous, no doubt about it. Their goal was to win the Atlantic Division again, make the playoffs, and seriously challenge for the Eastern Conference. Instead, the team is 14 games under .500, and five games out of a playoff spot. It’s been highly disappointing from both a fan and writer’s perspective.
But the thing about the Knicks is — it doesn’t really matter. Like, actually matter. Are we all happier when the Knicks win? Of course. Is it frustrating to watch a team squander away opportunities to be great? Yes. There are times when a Knicks game — or any team or sport — can take on bigger meanings because of the narratives and stories we create around it, or our own personal lives and their goings-on.
But in the bigger picture, it doesn’t really matter if the Knicks are good or not. It’s safe to say a Long Island man who was arrested for sending death threats to James Dolan crossed the line of caring too much.
James Dolan has very few — if any — supporters in the Knicks fan base. Nobody likes the way he runs the team or the way he conducts his business or even his personal relationships, from what we hear. But people shouldn’t dislike him to the point of threats.
According to reports, this 19-year old Long Island resident (I will personally avoid using his name) tweeted things such as “Death to James Dolan” and “James Dolan, it’s officially time to die.” He also allegedly posted a picture of himself naked, holding a gun.
This young man is probably not mentally stable, and the situation should thus be handled with care. The details of the whole incident aren’t completely clear, either. But let’s try and keep things in perspective: it’s only the Knicks.