NBA Stars React To New York Knicks’ Treatment Of Charles Oakley

Ford Springer | Contributor

The New York Knicks are arguably the most dysfunctional franchise in the NBA, from the players to the coach to the general manager up to owner James Dolan, who seems to be the one to blame for their latest slip-up.

This particular incident has caused league-wide condemnation of the Knicks’ treatment of beloved former player Charles Oakley, who spent a decade with the team.

During the first quarter of the Knicks game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Dolan and beloved Oakley exchanged some words. Dolan then ordered security to remove Oakley from Madison Square Garden. Oakley resisted the forceful removal, believing he had done nothing wrong, but was eventually escorted out of the arena and arrested on three counts of assault.

Several of the NBA’s biggest stars voiced their frustration with the way the Knicks’ organization handled the situation with Oakley, specifically regarding a tweet saying they hope he seeks help.

“10 years!! 10 years Oak gave everything he had for this organization and the image everyone will be left with won’t be this picture,” Dwyane Wade said in an Instagram post Thursday.

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“It will be the image of him being taken down to the ground last night in the same arena  he gave his all 2 as a player by the guards! This could happen to any of us!!!,” the Chicago guard said. “We are not above this treatment!”

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“‘Hope that he gets some help soon??’ Don’t like the way they’re trying to portray OAK,” Clippers point guard Chris Paul said in an Instagram post. “ALWAYS had my back and the realest person our league has seen! #UncleOak.”

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James also weighed in. Instead of taking questions in a postgame press conference Thursday night, James issued a statement and concluding by saying, “Charles Oakley for president.”

Perhaps the most troubling reaction from the Knicks’ treatment of Oakley came from legendary NBA player Reggie Miller.

In a statement released by the Knicks on Thursday, they maintained that Oakley was out of line and his removal from the arena was warranted. They also twisted the knife, claiming that everything Oakley has said regarding the incident is “pure fiction.”

“There are dozens of security staff, employees and NYPD that witnessed Oakley’s abusive behavior. It started when he entered the building and continued until he was arrested and left the building,” the Knicks’ statement read. “Every single statement we have received is consistent in describing his actions. Everything he said since the incident is pure fiction.”

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