CLEVELAND (CBSNewYork/AP) — Charles Oakley, nonetheless at odds with the New York Knicks, watched his former workforce in his hometown Thursday night time.
The Cleveland native sat subsequent to Cavaliers proprietor Dan Gilbert because the Knicks performed the defending NBA champions. In line with Cleveland.com, Oakley was the visitor of LeBron James’ lawyer Frederick Nantz, and Gilbert invited him into the courtside seats.
The previous energy ahead attended his first Knicks recreation since being arrested after stepping into an altercation with safety guards at Madison Sq. Backyard earlier this month.
Oakley has a strained relationship with Knicks proprietor James Dolan, who banned the previous participant a number of days following the incident. Dolan lifted the ban after assembly with Oakley and NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Oakley has but to simply accept the invitation and hasn’t returned to the Backyard.
Oakley reiterated to the New York Every day Information on Thursday that he’s nonetheless not prepared to maneuver previous the incident.
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“How lengthy wouldn’t it take you to recover from one thing?” he stated.
Oakley turned a fan favourite when he performed for the Knicks from 1988-ninety eight, however has had a falling out with the group in recent times. He attended the Knicks recreation towards the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. eight and sat a number of rows from Dolan.
Safety guards approached Oakley early within the recreation and an incident ensued. Oakley was restrained after pushing a safety guard earlier than being faraway from the constructing and handcuffed.
Cavaliers star LeBron James has come out in help of Oakley. The 4-time MVP completed a current postgame interview with reporters saying, “Charles Oakley for president.”
Oakley, who attended highschool in Cleveland, tweeted his plans of returning to his hometown Thursday morning.
Whereas Oakley’s state of affairs has created one other aspect of controversy within the Knicks’ misplaced season, coach Jeff Hornacek discovered some humor within the state of affairs.
“He’s all the time stated he’s a Knicks man, so hopefully he’s cheering for us,” Hornacek stated earlier than Thursday’s recreation.
The Cavaliers beat the Knicks, 119-104.
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