When Jeff Hornacek took the job as the Knicks coach last May, he did so with eyes wide open. He was not oblivious to the dysfunction that has been a part of the organization for years. He expected some controversy or another with the Knicks.
Roughly nine months into his tenure, the team has not fallen short of Hornacek’s expectations.
“It’s lived up to the billing,” he said Wednesday before the Knicks fell, 119-115, to the Los Angeles Clippers. “It’s been something out here.”
But even Hornacek could not have expected that the game that night would dissolve into a full-fledged circus. While a feud continues to stew between the Knicks president Phil Jackson and the team’s top star, Carmelo Anthony, amid on-court struggles, their game ceded the spotlight Wednesday night to a courtside fracas.
Charles Oakley, the voluble but beloved former Knicks stalwart, was arrested after getting into an altercation with security guards midway through the first quarter. Oakley was removed from Madison Square Garden and handcuffed.