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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  32 responses

Charles Oakley Advised LeBron Against Joining Knicks

Knicks fans can blame the Oak man (partially) for their team’s failure to land James this summer. From the NY Post: “LeBron James was out dining with friend and former Knicks great Charles Oakley at Miami’s Prime One Twelve following his preseason game Monday night. Oakley is close to James and urged him not to play for the Knicks. He went as far as saying in June, ‘I can’t tell him to go to New York. New York treated me bad,’ adding, ‘I think him and [Dwyane] Wade would be great together.’ James took his advice, and the pair spent hours celebrating over dinner.”

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  • JTaylor21

    DAMN, you know the knicks suck as an organization when one of their former player talks reckless about them.

  • clib

    I’m pretty sure Oakley would say that for any of the teams he played for. I would go as far as saying he probably would tell lebron not to sign with the (insert team here) because he didnt like playing in that city as a visiting player. If lebron made his decision based on advice from oakley then LBJ must be pretty naive

  • The Philosopher

    A good king listens to his trusted men and cabinet members.

  • MikeC.

    G0ddamn effin’ Dolan! Is it possible to trade an owner? The Knicks should be a premier team in the NBA, based on market and history, and Dolan’s idiot-child routine is screwing us over so badly.

  • Robb

    New Yorkers don’t deserve this. I hope something changes soon.

  • SoCalHoopsFan

    That’s what Knick fans deserve for supporting continuing to support a disfunctional franchise. They’d get their shtuff together with a half-full MSG.

    But, like ol’ Donald Sterling, the Knicks get enough people to support them doing a crummy job, so why do more?

  • T-Money

    It’s funny to me that people still think that LeBron was influenced in his decision. That was the big story last year, who could sway LeBron. Jay-Z wanted him to go the Nets, Zeke to the Nets, World Wide Wes to Chicago and his camp (Rich Paul said it on the record) wanted him to stay put. Miami was his decision. Can we just accept this and move on?

  • Dot hersh

    That’s a real p**sy move on oakleys part he played on the knicks 32 f**king yrs ago

  • SirPatrick

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  • dreny4life

    He should of went to the knicks eff oakley

  • http://google c_cantrell

    man lol if a former great was warnin me bout teams id prolly listen too.. but im sure this isnt what he based his whole decision on u morons

  • http://nbaforum.net/superdroid.nettodownloadthisapp Holy Karron

    hahaha too bad 4 da knicks but u get melo now i think its a better look melo has a chip larger then king james on his sholder real rap my slam peeps

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    This is OLD news. Oakley told all the news agencies that he wouldn’t recommend LeBron go to the Knicks, so why is it so surprising to find out that Oakley told LeBron the same thing personally?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Godda love Oaks.. He is my “friend” on facebook, and unlike most guys in his position, he actually takes time to chat with friends/fans 1 on 1.. Seems like a really cool guy and he has nothing but love for NY as a team and city/state.. Throughout the summer he wouldnt talk to much about the LeBron craziness, but I really doubt he would turn Bron away from becoming a Knick.. Very focused on trying to get his jersey retired @ M.S.G. (he deserves it)

  • JR

    Too bad he didn’t tell Bron to join Bosh in Toronto. haha.

  • MusketeerX

    Haha. I loved Oak. Still do. That guy runs his mouth like no other. He is just a bitter human being. Dolan sucks for sure, but LBJ, Wade, and Bosh had this planned from the very beginning. Nothing anyone could have done about that.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Wonder what Marbury had to say?

  • MUBWAR

    i feel bad for the richest team in the NBA (yes richer then the almighty Lakers)…they cannot even win more games then my sole Canadian team(raps)…The owners need to get together and start firing Top Exec and revive this franchise…

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    I agree with Oakley. New York hasnt been a dynasty since Willis Reed. All you Ewing/Starks fans need to stop being so sentimental; they didnt win any rings.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Didnt win any rings, but put on some of the greatest battles Ive seen in the playoffs. (Pacers)

  • bnets

    Knicks owner sucks plain and simple

  • D-Mack

    You gotta listen to Oak! That’s MJ’s right hand man

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign BossTerry….. Shaddap BETCATs ;) .

  • Cameron Jones

    I hate when fans from other teams put down some of the classic teams from the 80s-90s with the arguement they didn’t win rings. Charlotte Hornets and Bobcats never won any rings either. The Sonice were amazing with GP and Kemp. They got no rings. Stockton and Malone led HOF Jazz teams and have no rings. Charley Barkley is one of my all time favorite players and had nada rings when he hung them up. You can be part of great teams and not have a ring. Unless you were from Chicago, Houston, LA, Boston, San Antonio or Detriot there is a high probability that the only thing in your teams trophy case is dust and disapppointment. Shoutout the old Knicks teams with John Starks, Ewing, Mase, D. Harper and until recently Charles Oakley.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Actually, I advised him to take his talents to South Beach…. Why do people have a hard time accepting the fact that he listened to what others had to say, surveyed the landscape, checked the history books, and made The Decision on his own?

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Cameron you are missing the point. Their is a difference between a dynasty (ex: 60s Celtics, 80s lakers/celtics/pistons, 90s Bulls/Rockets 2000s Lakers/Spurs) and a really good team like what you just described. Sure it is written into New York basketball-lore forever what Oakley, Anthony Mason, Chris Childs, Mark Jackson, Ewing, Starks and Xavier McDaniel did on the court but they were not anything special in the grand spectrum of NBA history. The last time the Knicks really were a historically significant team was when they had Reed, Clyde, Earl the Pearl, and Bill Bradley.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign Cameron. BET, it seems that YOU are the one missing the point. Everyone knows the Knicks didn’t win a title in the ’90s–the same goes for most teams in the NBA at that time. So what? They ARE significant “in the grand spectrum of NBA history” because they played a HUGE role in shaping basketball during their era.
    Wilt/West/Baylor never won a ring as a Big 3 either, and yet they will always be remembered “in the grand spectrum of NBA history” because they were one of the best and most talented trios to ever play this game.
    You don’t need to school Knick fans on Willis and Clyde–most of us already (or should) know that they were a great team and a dynasty at one point (counting titles and finals appearances). It doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate both, and it doesn’t mean most DON’T appreciate both.

  • JD

    @Robb: New Yorkers don’t deserve this but the Knicks organization might

  • Anon e Mouse

    @ SoCalHoopsFan congratulations I think we’ve found the missing link! I’ll stick with my Knicks, you go follow the latest flavour of the month. Damned fairweather fans.

    BET come on dude, please don’t lump us together with your no history having team ;-) Dynasty? Maybe not, classic team? Yep.

  • VisionofGreatness

    LeBron knew that he would need a cold blooded player with him to win like Wade. He and Amare Stoudemire weren’t going to be able to beat the Celtics or the Magic.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    ……….

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Im not saying dont appreciate what they did, and im not saying it isnt important to New Yorkers, but they are not a historical NBA dynasty. They were a really good team.

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