The New York Knicks have continued to engage in a public relations battle against Charles Oakley two days after he was ejected from Madison Square Garden.
James Dolan appeared on local radio in New York on Friday in an attempt to explain why Oakley was ejected and also supported Phil Jackson, who has been trying to trade Carmelo Anthony this season. Because Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, he would have to approve any deal and that has led Jackson to speak about him in various ways in the media.
The way the issues have played out publicly have hurt the perception of the Knicks’ franchise around NBA players. LeBron James and Chris Paul were just two of many current and former players to express their displeasure with how Oakley was treated.
“They were already wary of playing for Dolan. But this stuff with Oakley takes it to another level,” said one longtime NBA executive.
The same executive also said Dolan was a big reason why Kevin Durant never considered coming to the Knicks as a free agent in the 2016 offseason.