The New York Knicks enter play on Wednesday 22-31 on the season. More than their record on the court, the team has been overshadowed by a disappearing point guard and a relationship between star player Carmelo Anthony and general manager Phil Jackson that has been corrosive to say the least.
Then on Wednesday, former Knick great Charles Oakley decided to start shoving folks in the stands:
Charles Oakley was escorted out of the arena during the Knicks and Clippers. pic.twitter.com/NznCBMdUhy
— NBA Inside Stuff (@NBAInside_Stuff) February 9, 2017
He then reportedly started yelling that owner James Dolan may have been responsible, saying, “Dolan did this. That’s some bulls–t.” The Knicks have devolved into an utterly chaotic circus — one complete with their own superstar unicorn, who is caught in the middle of this disaster, in Kristaps Porzingis, who was getting ready to shoot free throws just prior to the incident breaking down.
“Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” Knicks PR staff wrote on Twitter. “He has been ejected and is currently being arrested by the New York City Police Department. He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon.”
Oakley played for the team from 1988-98, spanning 10 seasons, where he averaged 10.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He was named an All-Star once with the team in 1994, the same season he was also named All-Defensive First-team. After he finished playing in 2004 with the Houston Rockets, he had a short two-year stint as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats from 2010-11.
Following his removal from the premise on Wednesday, Oakley has now been charged with three counts of assault for hitting security guards, which is classified as a misdemeanor, in additional to criminal trespassing, according to the NYPD.