Adding to the New York Knicks' disaster of a season have been several puzzling front office decisions that have left fans scratching their heads.
First, the Knicks signed guard J.R. Smith's younger brother to the team's 15-man roster and shortly thereafter sent him down to the D-League. Just a few games into the season team owner James Dolan shut down the Knicks City Dancers during a loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
And now Dolan is reportedly banning legendary comedian and longtime Knicks fan Woody Allen from the VIP lounge at Madison Square Garden because of a feud between the two men.
According to the New York Post, Allen has been banned from Suite 200, where celebrities and other big shots mingle and enjoy refreshments before and during Knicks games. The rift appears to originate in a demand by Dolan, who also owns the MSG Network.
"[Allen] got a call from someone at MSG saying they had bought the rights to air several of Woody's movies on the MSG channel and wanted Woody to go on the air and talk about his movies or introduce them," a source told the Post's Richard Johnson.
"Woody said he would not be comfortable doing that. He has never done that for any show or network. They then said that this was a 'reciprocal arrangement' and that if Woody couldn't go on TV for them, he should not eat in their VIP restaurant anymore. Woody said fine and thanked them for the many years he had enjoyed the space there."
Based on that account, it doesn't seem fair for Dolan to force Allen to do promo work to have access to the VIP lounge. Especially since Allen normally doesn't do these sort of gigs.
Knicks fans already skeptical of Dolan and upset with the team's 3-9 start probably won't take kindly to this story.