Ex-Knicks stud Chris Childs is going off onJames Dolan ... telling TMZ Sports the New York owner mishandled the Spike Lee situation and is turning the team into a JOKE!!!
"This has to stop because it's starting to be the laughingstock of the league," Childs says. "And, I hate to see that."
If you missed it, Lee and the Knicks spent all of Tuesday fighting over the entrance the movie mogul used at Monday night's game. In fact, the beef got so bad, Spike vowed to not return to MSG again this season.
We spoke with Childs -- who played with the Knicks from 1996-2001 -- and he's laying the blame for all of the drama squarely at Dolan's feet.
"Spike Lee has been coming to these game forever," Childs says. "If he wants to land a helicopter through the roof, let him!"
Childs added, "He hasn't done anything, but support that franchise when they're at their lowest. So, how do you embarrass that man like that with your flashlight cops? Tell him he can't use that entrance? And, that only comes from the top."
Childs says Dolan is allowing his personal feelings to get in the way of properly running the team ... and tells us the guy's issues with Lee, Charles Oakley and combative fans at MSG prove that.
"So, let's stop playing games," Childs says. "Keep it a buck. Dolan, you're in your feelings right now and you're just picking on everybody."
"It seems that he's so sensitive. He has rabbit ears. He hears everything and it gets to him."
Of course, Childs has had his own battle with Dolan in the past ... remember, back in 2017, he was famously not invited to the reunion of the 1998-99 Knicks squad.
Chris tells us when he sided with Oakley instead of Dolan at the time, it cost him his invite ... but he's still going after James now regardless, saying it's time for NBA commish Adam Silver to step in!