#2: The P.J. Brown Incident

P.J. Brown will never be respected in New York. Whenever you flip over a Knick in an intense playoff game, you will always be hated. In the second round of the 1997 playoffs, the Knicks took a 3-1 series lead on the Heat. In the final seconds of Game 5, the game started to get physical (Charles Oakley and Alonzo Mourning started to get into it). Finally, during a Miami free throw, PJ Brown proceeded pick up Charlie Ward and body slam him in front of the crowd. This started a full team brawl right underneath the basket. Knicks’ stars Allan Houston, Patrick Ewing, John Starks, and Larry Johnson were involved in the fight and received one game suspensions. The NBA allowed the Knicks to spread the suspensions over the course of the next two playoffs games. With a depleted roster, the Knicks would go on to lose the next two games and the series. Some have speculated that Pat Riley told PJ Brown before the game to get into a fight in order to get some Knicks players suspended. Fortunately, the Heat would go on to lose in the next round to the Bulls in five games.

(The intensity builds up at 6:58 ; Fight between Brown and Ward begins at 7:53)

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