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Dwyane Wade rips Knicks over handling of Charles Oakley situation

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The full story about why Charles Oakley was kicked out of Madison Square Garden Wednesday night has yet to come out, but Dwyane Wade has no problem bashing the New York Knicks before hearing it.

Wade shared a photo of Oakley from his playing days on Instagram Thursday and ripped the Knicks for not showing loyalty to a player who spent 10 years with the team.

“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!,” Wade wrote.

Wade was not the first current NBA player to defend Oakley. His buddy LeBron James also gave Oakley a shout-out on Instagram, albeit a more subtle one.

Mood!! #Legend

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It’s still unclear why Oakley was asked to leave Madison Square Garden, though reports indicate he was yelling at Knicks owner James Dolan. Oakley became physical with security staffers when he was told he needed to leave, which is likely why he was arrested. You can see some videos from the incident here.

Phil Jackson reportedly tried to get Michael Jordan to calm Charles Oakley down

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Charles Oakley appeared to lose his temper in a hurry when he was asked to leave Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, and New York Knicks president Phil Jackson reportedly tried to call upon Michael Jordan for assistance.

According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Jackson and other Knicks officials felt Oakley was “completely out of control.” When Jackson was unable to reason with Oakley, he supposedly phoned Jordan, who is friends with Oakley and played with him.

“Phil and others felt he was completely out of control. My sources told me he picked up the phone. He called Michael Jordan, because if there’s one person in the world who can get through to Charles Oakley and calm him down, it is Michael Jordan,” Smith said Thursday, per Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk. “But Michael Jordan, from what I’m told, was unable to reach Charles Oakley because, by that time, Charles Oakley had been arrested and removed from the Garden and had his cell phone confiscated at the time. So, he couldn’t be reached.”

It’s unclear when exactly Jackson tried calling Jordan, but it was probably after Oakley was physically removed from his seat at the Garden. The former Knick was reportedly yelling at team owner James Dolan and warned to stop. He ended up getting physical with security staffers. You can see some videos of the incident here.

Oakley claims he did nothing wrong and that he reacted unfavorably because he felt “threatened” by MSG security. We wouldn’t be surprised if he is banned from Knicks games for life.

Charles Oakley says he did nothing wrong, felt ‘threatened’ by Knicks security

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Charles Oakley was ejected from Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night and arrested following a confrontation he had with security, but the New York Knicks star insists he was unfairly targeted.

After he was booked and released, Oakley told members of the media that he was simply trying to support the Knicks and “have a good time” with friends when he was asked to leave the building.

“I asked why,” Oakley explained, according to a video shared by ESPN.com. “They said, ‘You have to leave because someone ordered you to leave.’ I’m like, ‘I’ve been here four and a half minutes, I’m a Knicks fan, played here for 10 years, love the Knicks, love New York, I wish them all the luck and success on the basketball court, and I don’t know why I’m not welcome in the Garden.'”

Reports indicate that Oakley was yelling at Knicks owner James Dolan and was warned to stop. The 53-year-old is said to be upset that the team is celebrating its 70th anniversary and has not asked him to be a part of it.

Oakley vehemently denies having said anything to Dolan, and he blames Madison Square Garden security for making him feel “threatened.”

“When somebody’s walking up on you, you’ve got to protect yourself,” he told reporters. “I’ve been in situations like this before. I’ve been jumped before. So in my mind I was thinking if you see seven, eight, nine, 10 guys walking up on you, you have to brace yourself for the challenge.”

It would not be surprising if Oakley is banned for life from attending Knicks games, as he got physical with more than one security staffer. You can see some videos of the incident here.

10 wildest details surround Charles Oakley incident

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Charles Oakley’s outburst at Wednesday’s New York Knicks-Los Angeles Clippers game stole headlines for many reasons.

A popular player when he was with the Knicks, Oakley reportedly bought a ticket to the game nearby owner James Dolan’s seats. The former big man has had many issues with his former franchise over the past few years, and he especially has had friction with Dolan. Oakley reportedly started yelling at Dolan, was warned by security, and then had a massive meltdown that led to him being ejected from the game, assaulting security guards and being arrested (video here).

Everything about the story was incredible, but there are a few other details surrounding it that are especially notable. Here’s a look at some of those under-the-radar nuggets.

1) Tennis legend John McEnroe, a notorious hot-head himself, had a front-row seat to the madness.

He’s the guy in the blue shirt and white hair, mere feet away from Oakley in this video:

2) Former Knicks president Dave Checketts was apparently trying to help bail Oakley out of jail:

3) An NYPD officer supposedly supported the “Free Oakley” cause:

4) Doc Rivers, who was coaching the Clippers during the game against the Knicks, had this funny comment:

5) This photo captured by the New York Daily News and featured on their back page is incredible:


Reasons for Charles Oakley’s outburst at James Dolan emerge

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Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley was ejected from MSG on Wednesday night and arrested after acting uncontrollably in the stands during a confrontation with security.

Reports have said that Oakley was yelling at Knicks owner James Dolan, and now there are some explanations for why he was so upset.

According to the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola, Oakley was yelling at Dolan and told to stop. He was asked to leave and was thrown out after not stopping.

Isola reports that Oakley is upset the team has not included him in its 70th anniversary celebration.

As Isola mentioned, the tension between Oakley and Dolan has been ongoing. In 2012, Oakley vented that he’s cried and tried to get a job with the Knicks.

In 2015, Oakley talked about his problems with Dolan. He said Dolan ignored him at the All-Star Game, so he asked commissioner Stern to set up a meeting between them.

“I want to know what I did to be hated so bad by an owner. The dad (Charles Dolan), I never heard him say nothing bad about me. I asked players I played with to go talk with (James Dolan). He said he don’t want to deal with me,” Oakley said two years ago.

It’s understandable that Oakley, who played 10 seasons for the Knicks from the late ’80s-’90s, would be upset over his treatment by the franchise, but his maniacal outburst is no way to handle things and certainly won’t improve his relationship with Dolan.

Charles Oakley escorted from MSG, arrested after incident (Video)

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Charles Oakley’s evening at Madison Square Garden did not last as long as he would have liked, and ended with him getting arrested by police.

During the first quarter of Wednesday’s game between the Knicks and Clippers, the former Knicks player was involved in an incident that resulted in him getting escorted out of the arena. He was seen having an exchange courtside prior to shoving a member of security. He was then led away, against his will.

Here are a couple of videos.

The Knicks released a statement shortly after. Here it is in its entirety.

Oakley, who played for the Knicks from 1988-1998, was said to be going after Knicks owner James Dolan:

Charles Oakley rips Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan


If there’s one thing we know about Charles Oakley, it’s that he isn’t shy about saying what’s on his mind. He recently called out Charles Barkley and went off on Knicks owner James Dolan a few months ago. Now, the Raptors back court of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan is squarely in Oakley’s sights.

Oakley spent three seasons playing for the Raptors. That doesn’t mean he’ll take it easy on members of the current team, though. If Oakley feels criticism is warranted, he will certainly say so. It’s been well documented that Lowry and DeRozan have both been struggling with their shots during this year’s playoffs and Oakley clearly feels they could be doing other things to help Toronto win.

“They’re taking too many shots,” Oakley told the Toronto Star. “My thing is, if you’re off, do something else. They can’t do nothing else. Play some defense. Pass the ball. Come on, man. What’s going on with DeRozan and Lowry?”

Through the first nine games this postseason, Lowry and DeRozan have made just 103 of 317 (32%) shot attempts. Included in that is a game in which DeRozan shot 32 times, while making just 10 of them.

Oakley was glad to see the Raptors win on Thursday to even the series with the Heat, but is clearly not overly confident about the next two games in Miami.

“It’s ugly. I’m glad they won Thursday night, but I don’t know about (Games 3 and 4) in Miami,” Oakley said. “DeRozan and Lowry don’t have it. It’s a different basketball. These guys are just shooting to be shooting.”

If the Raptors are going to get past the Heat for a date with (presumably) the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, Lowry and DeRozan are going to have to lead the way. Those two taking the majority of Toronto’s shots are what’s gotten them to this point. The problem is, when the attempts aren’t falling, the Raptors’ offense is ugly, as Oakley stated.

At their best, Lowry and DeRozan make up one of the best guard pairings in the NBA. And, it’s entirely possible they return to form any game now. Raptors fans are certainly hoping that’s the case sooner rather than later.

H/T Eye On Basketball