With the Knicks' off-court drama continuing to stir, even before Charles Oakley's arrest at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, one celebrity fan said it's time for a change at the top, while the team's coach said none of it comes as a surprise. Legendary director and superfan Spike Lee didn't hesitate when asked if he would choose to keep team president Phil Jackson or star forward Carmelo Anthony with the franchise. "I'll pack Phil's bags for him," Lee told Tencent-ESPN's Steve Zeng. The latest Jackson-Anthony drama stems from Jackson's tweet Tuesday that referenced a column published on Bleacher Report that was critical of Anthony. "I think I still believe in Carmelo, but Phil Jackson is making it very difficult for him," Lee told Tencent-ESPN on Wednesday. First-year Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, meanwhile, said he hasn't been surprised by any of the off-court drama in his first three-plus months on the job. "I kind of, not was warned, but it was expected that it was going to be something all the time," Hornacek said before the Knicks' 119-115 loss to the LA Clippers on Wednesday. "And it's lived up to the billing. It's been something all year. So, OK, let's go play a game and try to win." More strife surfaced Wednesday in the first quarter, when Oakley, a former longtime Knicks forward, was arrested after he was involved in an altercation near the courtside floor seats where owner James Dolan was sitting.
Spike Lee 'still believes' in Melo, says time for Phil Jackson to go
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