Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 2:45 pm  |  9 responses

Charles Oakley Criticizes New York Knicks for Not Hiring Him and Patrick Ewing

According to former New York Knicks forward Charles Oakley, the team won’t give him a job because he’s too honest. Oak also blasts team owner James Dolan for failing to bring Patrick Ewing onboard as a coach. Per the NY Daily News: ”The 48-year-old has heard it’s because he’s too critical of his former team — a no-no at the Garden, as Marv Albert also discovered. ‘They say I’m hard on them. I say, I’m not hard on them; that’s just the way the game goes and people have opinions,’ Oakley said. ‘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 don’t know. I try to keep it simple and up front. I feel like I owe that to the fans with them coming to watch me for 10 years, following me, being a fan of mine. I feel I’m not going to let them down because somebody else wants to say something else … (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.’ Oakley was also critical of the way the Knicks have treated Ewing, who was offered a D-League coaching job instead of the Knicks’ assistant gig given to LaSalle Thompson. Ewing declined the D-League offer. ‘That’s embarrassing,’ Oakley 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.’”

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  • M Cho

    I hope he levels Dolan with an elbow!

  • Dymez

    This isn’t a good time for that, Oak. The Knicks are 8-1, so for at least right now, it looks like they made a good decision.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Pretty much said what I was thinking.

  • roscoe

    everyone in life has to learn the lesson that “what you say” & “how you say it” impacts whether you get a job, keep a job, or lose a job. At 48 years old it ain’t too late Oak.

  • Clydesays

    At the bery least Oak should wait until the Knicks do their yearly tailspin…. Bad timing…

  • Clydesays

    Very, not berry….

  • Dagger

    In his own immortal words: “I’m cool with whatever. I’ll just keep eating my bread, sipping my soup and serving my time. But the chicken is going to lay some more eggs one day.”

  • MikeC.

    Show and prove in the D-League. There isn’t a draft lottery for coaches.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    clearly for Oak this thing is personal