DENVER -- Charles Oakley said last week that despite his random criticism, he doesn't hate the Knicks and he wants to see the team succeed. His frustration is in what the franchise has become since his days of patrolling the BLUE painted area with Patrick Ewing. He's also frustrated that he, like Ewing, would love to play an influential role in the organization but neither have been offered the opportunity.
When Donnie Walsh was asked about Oakley last week on WFAN's Boomer & Carton Show, the Knicks president said this:
“Oakley, I’ve tried to talk to ten times… I thought he was the kind of guy if he was going to make statements would come and talk to me personally. Not get in the paper and say this stuff.”
Walsh also said, “I’ve reached out to him."
But this morning on Boomer and Carton, Oakley responded at first confused with what statements Walsh was referring to and then he offered this little nugget: he was running pick-up games with the Knicks players last year before training camp opened.
“I like Donnie, we talk and I like what he's done for the past… but I don’t know why he would go on the air and say that about me. If you’re going to say something about me you better stand on it, cause I’m coming back at you.”
Oakley added, "I don't have to apologize. I think he owes me an apology."
Oakley also denied a report that said he told LeBron James not to come to New York. "I swear on my mother, LeBron didn't ask me nothing about the Knicks."
Finally, he insisted he loves the Knicks, but added, "When you've got a bad product, it speaks for itself."