Storyline: New York Knicks Turmoil?

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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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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.”

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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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.”

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.”
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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.”

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.”

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