The story initially was a big Knicks victory over a good Rockets team Monday night in new team president Leon Rose’s first day on the job. It took a turn Tuesday morning when Spike Lee went on ESPN’s “First Take” and addressed an incident the previous night with Madison Square Garden security. It’s the most Knicks thing possible to follow their best win of the season with another PR disaster.
That’s where the latest episode of “Big Apple Buckets” podcast starts. Kazeem Famuyide and I react to the filmmaker and superfan’s comments, the Knicks’ PR statement and how poorly this was handled. Shouldn’t the Knicks have told Lee in advance about not using the employee entrance? Why escalate the situation with a tweet that includes a photo from afar of Lee and James Dolan shaking hands? It’s now become a war between Lee, who spends around $300,000 a year on tickets and has had them for almost 30 years, and the controversial Knicks owner.
Legendary Knicks broadcaster Mike Breen then joins the show. Breen talks about how special it was for him to get into the Hall of Fame and how grateful he is to get to call Knicks games for so long. He also talks about what he has seen from RJ Barrett, the Knicks’ youth movement and the future of the team. He speaks highly of Mike Miller as the potential head coach after this season. The 2020 Curt Gowdy Award winner breaks down where his “Bang!” call originated and how it stuck with him. Breen also talks about working with Walt “Clyde” Frazier and his favorite words from Clyde’s vocabulary. “Precocious neophyte” gets plenty of love here.
NY Post Knicks beat writer Marc Berman then drops by in his weekly spot. Berman talks about Rose’s speech to the team before Monday night’s impressive win and the message he sent to the players. Berman addresses what Rose means to the franchise and the impact he could have. He also talks about Barrett’s confidence and improved play in a career-best performance.