Knicks Take Troubles Out on Their Fans

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On Wednesday, a group of New York Knicks fans did something unusual outside Madison Square Garden: they protested. The group wants the team's president and head coach Isiah Thomas fired over poor management and a harassment scandal.

Meantime, the Knicks played their best game of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers that night, despite having star point guard Stephon Marbury on the bench because of flu-like symptoms. The morning after the win, Marbury took his third leave of absence from the team since the death of his father earlier this month.

Wall Street Journal sportswriter and regular contributor Stefan Fatsis says professional franchises want to be thought of as public trusts and that the Knicks might be the worst example of a team violating that trust then refusing to accept the consequences.

Fatsis talks with Michele Norris.



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