Dolan says banned Knicks fan set up an 'ambush'

James Dolan

James Dolan

But Tuesday afternoon, team owner James Dolan not only gave voice to the subtext, he set the stakes for the summer of 2019 and all but promised that it would be a franchise-altering time for the Knicks.

"For the record, I am not selling the team, and I am not quitting", Dolan, the team's owner, said on Tuesday during a rare radio interview.

Dolan also addressed rumors that he was considering selling the team.

Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Allonzo Trier and Dennis Smith Jr. have played hefty minutes for the Knicks, but that could change if Dolan gets his way in the offseason.

Asked about that exchange Tuesday, the 63-year-old owner said he understood that "for the fans it's about winning and losing, and we haven't been doing much winning, and so there's a real big frustration there".

Regarding the confrontation, he said, "It's pretty easy".

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. Then as soon as they were done with it, it was immediately sold to TMZ. "We are definitely going to pay them, and we think that with them and the kids we have today, we can build a winning team". "I will say we had just lost, again, and believe it or not I get frustrated with it, too".

Wagner issued a response shortly after Dolan's comments. Dolan called out the fan, telling him, "You want to not come to any more games?" and he should "enjoy watching them on TV". "These people clearly were there for a confrontation". You hear all kinds of stuff, but what is a problem is when someone becomes confrontational. "They were stalking me", Dolan said.