NBA commissioner Adam Silver is “disheartened” that the meeting he brokered between Charles Oakley and Knicks owner James Dolan didn’t lead to a positive resolution, but he remains hopeful that peace can be reached. Silver said Oakley and Dolan apologized to each other when they met Tuesday, but Oakley was “emotional” and not ready to return as a guest at Madison Square Garden.
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If Tracy McGrady were in Carmelo Anthony’s shoes, the reaction to Phil Jackson’s subliminal shots would be a lot different and a lot more confrontational. That’s according to the recent Hall of Fame nominee, who on Saturday unloaded on the Knicks president for his handling of Anthony.
“Melo’s better than me because all that s–t that’s going on with Melo and Phil, and Phil has the arrogance to sit in the stands, at these games, and I’m playing great basketball — I’d be looking at him every trip down the court or something. Just gazing at him, like, ‘You see the s–t that I’m doing out here like every night? Nah.’” McGrady said. “Some players can play through that, others can’t. Obviously Melo is showing his mental toughness because playing in the Garden is not an easy place to play. Especially for Melo there. And he’s been doing his thing lately.”
Tracy McGrady: “I think it affects (the Knicks) in free agency. Not only in that situation but all the things that have accumulated over this season. Phil Jackson going at Melo publicly. Like, what are you doing? You’re supposed to be on the same team. Like you’re supposed to be encouraging your brother and giving him some of you expertise and helping him become a better player. And it’s just an unfortunate situation. I feel bad for Melo. But he’s handled it so well. Me in that situation? It probably would be a different story.”
The Crossover: Charles Oakley: James Dolan is on the “same level” as Donald Sterling. pic.twitter.com/SD4bO12Lmm
Maggie Gray: “Charles, what’s your reaction to that and do you see it that way?” Charles Oakley: “He’s definitely a control freak. He’s got everybody in the Garden on pins and needles. The other owners know this. That’s the bad thing about it. They’re going to let this end up like something that happened to the L.A. Clippers. It’s that bad, but they won’t talk about it. It’s that bad.”
Maggie Gray: “Do you consider James Dolan on that same level as a Donald Sterling?” Charles Oakley: “Yes.” Maggie Gray: “Do you believe that he’s a racist?” Charles Oakley: “He’s on the level. The level can be according to you building a house or you building a pyramid. This man has been around for a long time, and I ain’t heard nothing good about him.”
To make matters worse, the handling of Charles Oakley and the way Jackson has treated Anthony has stained the franchise’s reputation amongst players. Anthony said he hasn’t tried to recruit free agents this year and acknowledged that the off-court issues could deter players from considering the Knicks. “That could be a case in some situations. I think the way the deals are structured now, even if you don’t want to come there’s an opportunity for you to make more money,” Anthony said. “A lot of times players look at that, that kind of overshadows other situations.”
On an episode of his “Dray Day” podcast with Uninterrupted, Green sounded off about Dolan’s treatment of Oakley. The outspoken Warriors forward said Dolan had a “slave master mentality” with the situation. Green had an issue with how Dolan was fine with Oakley’s confrontational personality when it helped the Knicks, but not when he spoke out against the organization. “You doing it for me, it’s all good,” Draymond Green said. “You doing it against me…you speaking out against my organization, it’s not good anymore? That’s a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That’s ridiculous. It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines and all this stuff for your organization. But now all of a sudden when he says something that he feels, it’s a problem.”
Charles Oakley hasn’t ruled out settling his feud with James Dolan but he wants more time to process everything that transpired over the past tumultuous week. In a brief interview with the Daily News, Oakley revealed that an immediate resolution would be difficult only because “some of the things that were said about me hurt.” Oakley is referring Dolan insinuating that the beloved Knick is an alcoholic.
Oakley met with Dolan and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Monday at the league’s Manhattan headquarters. Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan joined the meeting via conference call.
A source close to Oakley says he is particularly upset over Dolan’s accusations that he has a drinking problem. Legal experts say that Dolan could be hit with a defamation lawsuit.
The Rev. Al Sharpton and his civil rights organization, the National Action Network, released a statement Monday calling for Dolan to lift the ban on Oakley. The NAN threatened to protest outside the Garden if Dolan does not comply with the demand.
Alex Kennedy: Adam Silver comments on the Dolan/Oakley situation:
Frank Isola: Adam Silver & Michael Jordan were on a conference call today with Jim Dolan & Charles Oakley, Daily News has learned
Latrell Sprewell was asked at the Knicks’ charity bowling event tonight about the perception that he was brought back on Sunday as a reaction to the Charles Oakley incident. “It is what it is,” he says. Sprewell said he found out on Saturday that he was coming back to MSG, though he had been talking to a Knicks official about a return for months.
The NBA may be ready to step in to help resolve the ugly feud between James Dolan and Charles Oakley. According to a source, the league office is considering having NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Michael Jordan step in to mediate a reconciliation. It is unclear when that meeting, likely via a conference call, would take place but there was a chance it would be either Monday or Tuesday. Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, is Oakley’s former teammate in Chicago and Washington, and the two are close friends. Dolan announced on Friday that Oakley is banned indefinitely from the Garden following an altercation with MSG security last Wednesday.
Charles Oakley remains banned indefinitely from Madison Square Garden, but there has been “some momentum toward a resolution” between Oakley and Knicks owner James Dolan, thanks to recent conversation between both sides, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN’s Ian Begley on Monday. It is unclear whether Oakley and Dolan have talked directly since Oakley was ejected from Madison Square Garden and subsequently arrested last Wednesday.
But there is a desire among people close to both parties to bring the public dispute between Oakley, one of the franchise’s most popular players, and Dolan, to rest, sources say. Both the Knicks and Oakley’s spokesperson, Akhtar Farzaie, declined comment when asked Monday afternoon about any potential resolution between the Knicks and Oakley.
Spike Lee was in the Garden hallway where Charles Oakley was arrested last week, and said there were tears in his eyes watching his friend get taken to jail. Four days later, Lee showed up in a #34 Oakley jersey, courtesy of a skilled stitch artist. “I went home (after Oakley was ejected), I got every jersey, game-worn, but I couldn’t find an Oakley jersey,” Lee said. “But I had three Landry Fields jerseys. So I took it to my guy, and he hooked it up. So officially, this is a Landry Fields jersey.”
“I’m not mad at any of the Knicks that showed up today,” Lee said. “I stood up for everybody, gave them love. Applauded. I stood up for everybody. So I’m happy to see them. Under better conditions, yes. But I’m happy to see them regardless. But it just looks so obvious to me. …I don’t know, you got to ask the Garden. I’m just happy to see these guys. I know all of them.”
Stefan Bondy: James Dolan is flanked by Latrell Sprewell and Bernard King.
Frank Isola: Interesting that neither Jim Dolan nor Phil make themselves available to talk Knicks. But if there’s a petty feud to spin, well then…. And the Knicks don’t appreciate anonymous sources….unless they’re in statements provided by paid employees to help their petty fight.
Larry Johnson finds himself in the most uncomfortable of places — caught between loyalty to an organization and boss that have been good to him and supporting a former teammate who always had his back. “It’s hard to work at the Garden when Oak is not part of the family,” Johnson told the Daily News on Saturday
Johnson is considering not attending Knicks games until the feud with Charles Oakley and Garden management is resolved. “I love the Knicks and Mr. (James) Dolan is my guy,” Johnson added. “But I feel as if I’d be disrespecting Oak if I go to the Garden.”
Charles Oakley wasn’t the only fan ejected at the Knicks game Wednesday. According to a Garden source, a fan was thrown out for yelling obscenities at Knicks team owner James Dolan, before the Oakley incident. Though Oakley’s incident escalated and resulted in the arrest of the Knicks legend, the ouster of the unidentified fan did not cause a ripple.
“It’s not the first time,” the source said of patrons being ejected for derisive comments about Dolan. A source confirmed there was an additional ejection from Wednesday’s game.“Over the years, other fans have been thrown out for cursing Dolan.” One source said the fan shouted “Dolan sucks,” but another maintained it was far more distasteful: “[Expletive] you Dolan, you suck!”
Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski released an essay on The Vertical Twitter last night that destroys Dolan, painting the ultimate picture of the Knicks owner as an incompetent and undeserving owner. “Dolan has terrible judgement in people and gets easily manipulated. His instincts are horrible. His circle of advisers as rudderless as Dolan himself. Mostly Jim Dolan is surrounded with sycophants and henchmen who help him carry out his petty grudges and person feuds. Forever feeding his bottomless pit of paranoia.”
Frank Isola: Love this line from Dolan: “It had gotten easier to do that, to have my hands off.” Oh, so you now finally admit you were once “hands on.” Funny, but for years if anyone ever insinuated that Dolan was heavily involved in the Knicks -which he was – it was “off with his head.” Like the time Dolan refused to listen to Donnie Walsh and be patient in the Melo trade talks. Instead, he gave them everything they wanted. Like the time Dolan traded a first round pick to Toronto for Bargnani and then killed a trade with Toronto for Kyle Lowry. That’s 0 for 2.
Frank Isola: Does a coach or player, with a lot on their plate to begin with, really need to be bothered with this nonsense? It’s part of toxic culture. And remember, Phil said at his introductory press conference that he would change the culture. Three years later….it’s worse than ever. You can debate Phil’s moves, good and bad, all day. But he hasn’t changed the culture. Maybe he legitimately tried but simply couldn’t win.
Adrian Wojnarowski: What Dolan doesn’t understand: By trying to win battle w/ Oak, he’s lost war. Between Dolan/Jackson, Knicks are toxic free agent destination
Ian Begley: Carmelo on the ‘cloud’ surrounding NYK: “From the outside looking in, it looks bad. And it’s even worse when you’re getting through it.” twitter.com/ESPNNewYork/st…
Knicks fans showed up to Madison Square Garden on Friday night for the Knicks’ game against the Nuggets chanting “Free Oakley” and holding up signs in favor of the New York basketball legend.
Kenny Ducey: Oakley chants – at Madison Square Garden
Ian Begley: A fan seated behind Dolan was holding up a sign in the closing minute. It was quickly confiscated by security. Unclear what the sign said.
Dolan, who has had an acrimonious relationship with Oakley for years, started the interview by confirming an earlier report that Oakley — who was a staple of the franchise in the 1990s, as well as a fan favorite — is banned from the arena. “It’s not necessarily a lifetime ban, but I think the most important thing with that is we need to keep the Garden a place that’s comfortable and safe for everybody who goes there,” Dolan said. “Anybody who comes to the Garden, whether they have been drinking too much alcohol, they’re looking for a fight, they’re abusive, disrespectful to the staff and the fans, they’re gonna be ejected, and they’re gonna be banned … We are gonna put the ban in place, and hopefully it won’t be forever.”
“It’s very clear to us that Charles Oakley came to the Garden with an agenda, with a mission in mind,” he said. “From the moment he stepped into the Garden, and I mean the moment he walked through those set of doors, he began with this behavior. Abusive behavior, disrespectful behavior … It just accelerated and accelerated and accelerated. All the way down to his seats, then ultimately with the confrontation with security, then eventually ending up with his being ejected and arrested.”
“I can’t explain why — we have video tape, we have dozens of statements, etc. I’m quite sure that everything we’ve given the press is very, very accurate,” Dolan said. “I don’t know how to explain it. Maybe he doesn’t remember it. I think that Charles has got a problem. I’ve said this before … he has a problem. People need to understand that. He has a problem with anger, he’s both physically and verbally abusive, he may have a problem with alcohol, we don’t know. But those behaviors, being physically and verbally abusive, those are personality problems.”
Michele Roberts: Painful to believe that my last image of Oak at MSG is him dragged out of the arena. Is this how we remember our Legends? #NoBan
The Michael Kay Show: BREAKING: “Charles Oakley will never be allowed to enter MSG again, even if he purchases a ticket.” -According to @RealMichaelKay
Marc Berman: Oakley wasn’t coming tonight anyway but it’s confirmed Oakley is banned from the Garden for now.
Barbara Barker: Security report said John McEnroe was trying to get near Oakley, but was held back. I would have liked to hear that interaction.
Ian Begley: The Knicks sent out an email with 16 witness statements from the Charles Oakley incident and say video will be provided later today.
The Madison Square Garden Company has parted ways with its security chief, two days after Charles Oakley was arrested after getting into an altercation at a New York Knicks game, a team official confirmed to The Undefeated’s Mike Wise. The official wouldn’t say whether the firing of Frank Benedetto, formerly the senior vice president for security for MSG, was related to the Oakley incident.
Marc Berman: Francesa reading security guard report. Oakley cursing security people before got approached because they were staring at him.
Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan has fired his top security chief in the wake of this week’s clash between Knicks legend Charles Oakley and arena security personnel during a nationally televised game, DNAinfo New York has learned.
The guards were initially told not to let him in by Garden management, sources said. But he was eventually allowed into the stadium. Oakley has attended other games at Madison Square Garden without incident. Sources said Dolan may take further action against other employees over the flap, sources say.
Carmelo Anthony’s high school coach says he’s “shocked” by some of Phil Jackson’s comments regarding the Knicks star, and adds “enough is enough” when it comes to the treatment of Anthony in New York. “I don’t know if that’s just part of the business but yeah I’m shocked at some of the stuff I’ve heard him say, and some of his Tweets,” legendary Oak Hill Academy (VA) coach Steve Smith said Thursday on The 4 Quarters Podcast. “It’s surprising because I know Melo loves his hometown and playing with the Knicks but it’s just going South right now. It’s going South fast, and I’m sure he’s not happy but he doesn’t come come across [that way]. He’s making himself proud the way he’s handling the whole situation.
This season, the record is even worse: 22-32. The pain and disappointment is even more. “Yeah, it is,” said Kristaps Porzingis, the face of the franchise’s future who is having a tough time wading through the misery of the present. “It’s tough. Everybody’s trying to do their best. But it’s not working.” And that hurts. “Obviously, the expectations this year were much higher for us,” Porzingis said. “And we’re still at the same point right now.”
“It’s different this year, definitely,” Porzingis said. “It was a big shock last year when Fisher got fired. I felt like we were working towards something and even though we were losing, we were moving forward and we had the structure so it was a shock for me. This year, [it’s] a similar situation with our record and where we stand right now but we can’t be worrying about what’s going to happen. As a player I have to be focused on what I need to do on the court every game and keep going day by day and game by game and not worry about the outside noise.”
Marc Berman: Charles Oakley chants breaking out at Nashville-Rangers game at Garden. Can’t wait for tomorrow.
Jayson Williams said Dolan and the Knicks crossed the line by saying Oakley “was a great Knick, and we hope he gets some help soon” at the end of their statement. “What pissed me off is when the (statement) said ‘help’ that they made it look like he was intoxicated,” Williams told ESPN. “(If the Knicks meant Oakley had an) anger issue … the anger issue is what made the Knicks what they were. … It wasn’t about no damn anger issue when he was on the basketball court (playing for the Knicks). This made it look like the man was intoxicated. … Charles Oakley buys a ticket to a Knicks game, and what is wrong with that? He is paying his $300 to watch the Knicks play. That statement was meant to hurt Oak. That was hateful. … (Dolan) meant to hurt Oak.”
Tommy Beer: Updated statement via Knicks PR
Ohm Youngmisuk: Charles Oakley says he doesn’t have “beef” with James Dolan on the Stephen A. Smith show on ESPN New York 98.7: “I’m not going to argue with James Dolan. I don’t have beef. I’ve been trying to meet with him for five years. He don’t have to like me… I feel sorry for the fans.”
Al Iannazzone: Oakley says on ESPN-NY Radio Michael Jordan called to check on him last night. Stephen A. said Phil Jackson reached out to MJ to call Oak.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Charles Oakley says the Knicks’ statement saying that “we hope he gets some help soon” was like a “smack in the face.” “That is another smack in the face like the security guard came over to tell me to leave,” Oakley said on The Stephen A. Smith show on ESPN New York 98.7. “They want to be cute with the statements. It’s cool. They want to say that and be all harsh with things, I can deal with it… I don’t want to go to the Garden if this keeps happening (where) someone keeps watching over me.”
Dwyane Wade: 10years!!! 10 years Oak gave everything he had for this organization and the image everyone will be left with won’t be this picture. It will be the imagine 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!!! #StayWoke We are not above this treatment! instagram.com/p/BQTUdaDBTC3/
Carmelo Anthony has told confidants he may decide to wait out the old Zen Master, according to a source.
Anthony has talked about how important his family is when deciding whether he will stay. The source said his wife, La La, is a big proponent of not moving on, even to the Clippers, despite having a second home in Los Angeles.
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Agent Wallace Prather does not anticipate his client Derrick Favors being traded before the deadline, based on Prathers’ knowledge of the offers the Jazz have received. However, Prathers said he realizes that could change as the deadline approaches. Favors, 25, has had his production slip this season as he has dealt with a knee injury but remains a key piece for a Utah team preparing for a playoff berth.
The Wizards are exploring the trade market for point guard Trey Burke and are asking for a second-round draft pick, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
Yao Ming has moved into management in a bid to hasten China’s basketball development. The Chinese Basketball Association voted unanimously Thursday to appoint the former Houston Rockets star its president in a step toward reform for an organization that has in the past been led by government bureaucrats. The CBA’s social media account quoted the Hall of Famer as saying he hoped to make improvements to the domestic league’s draft system and push more Chinese players into the international arena.
My mom is a psychotherapist so growing up I was always around her office and saw the work she did and the people she was able to help. That was a huge reason I studied psychology at Stanford. Seeing her ability to help people spoke to me…and like anyone growing up I experienced a lot of hard times and her expertise helped me so much.