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Charles Oakley: I have ‘cried and tried’ to get a job in the Knicks organization

Apparently there is a growing list of former New York Knicks players who would love to work within the organization but have not been granted the opportunity. Like Patrick Ewing, Knicks legend Charles Oakley says he has been shut down numerous times while trying to earn a position with the team.

According to the NY Daily News, Oakley says he has “cried and tried” to get a job with the Knicks but believes he has not had any success because he is too critical of his former team.

“They say I’m hard on them,” Oakley said. “I say, I’m not hard on them; that’s just the way the game goes and people have opinions. Ex-players I talk to, they say, ‘Management, they like you. But sometimes it’s the way you say things, the way you do things.’

“…I feel I’m not going to let (Knicks fans) down because somebody else wants to say something else. … (Knicks owner James Dolan) shouldn’t be mad at me because all I did was come before him and play the hardest and the best I could do. I’m going to be a Knick for life, though, no matter what people say.”

Before the season began, the Knicks offered Ewing a job coaching in the D-League. He was reportedly insulted by the offer and turned it down, and Oakley says he would have done the same.

“That’s embarrassing,” he said. “How can you offer Patrick a D-League coaching job? I think it’s embarrassing. No matter what a person did to you or whatever over the years, his agent or somebody. That’s Kindergarten. This man has been the coach for 10 years and you’re going to offer him a Kindergarten job. Totally disrespectful. Then you’re going to hire a guy, LaSalle Thompson, that had nothing to do with the Knicks.”

Oakley’s comments seem to indicate he has given up on trying to get a job with the Knicks. Criticizing the team for holding a grudge against him and for offering Ewing the D-League job certainly isn’t going to score him any points.

Charles Oakley: Kevin Garnett is ‘one of the weakest guys to ever play the game,’ Charles Barkley is a ‘coward’

This just in: A lot of people bother Charles Oakley. The former Knicks forward was a guest on Jim Rome’s radio show Tuesday afternoon, and he covered an array of topics. By that we mean he called out several people with some extremely harsh words. Let’s start with Oakley’s thoughts on Kevin Garnett.

“Garnett left Minnesota and hollered and screamed and all that but hes not a tough guy,” Oakley said as Sports Talk Network shared with us. “He’s one of the weakest guys to ever play the game. He’s a complimentary player and went to Paul Pierce’s team and won a championship. I wouldn’t consider him a top 10 tough guy.”

Garnett is certainly a loudmouth who has done plenty of regrettable things over his NBA career, but he’s hardly a complimentary player. He couldn’t win with Minnesota because they never gave him anything to work with. He could easily be considered a top-10 NBA player in his prime. Enough of that. Onto Oakley’s next punching bag, Charles Barkley.

“Barkley, for his size, was a good player but he’s a coward,” Oakley continued. “He was a good player for his size, but he wasn’t a leader and wasn’t a role model. Now he talks so bad about younger guys. I don’t respect that from him. He’s a fraud. He can criticize all the younger kids and if he got something to say, call them and talk to them before you just blast them. He’s wants to be funny, that whole TNT thing and all that, they’re like some clowns on that show.”

Barkley does feast on younger players and say ridiculous things when criticizing younger teams, so I can’t totally disagree with Oakley on that one. He’s also not much of a role model, so you won’t get an argument there. A coward and a fraud? That seems a bit harsh.

Oakley wasn’t done there. He also said that Kendrick Perkins is similar to K.G. in that all he does is holler and complain, and that the Thunder would win championships if he would just play basketball. Oakley added that Perk’s attitude is the reason he got dunked on by Blake Griffin, and said throughout his 19-year career he only got dunked on three times. Somebody check the tape on that, please.