The drama between Charles Oakley and Knicks owner James Dolan has been dominating the headlines recently. NBA players have been vocal about their support for the former Knicks star. LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade have spoken out on social media, Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green, blasted Dolan on his “Dray Day” podcast.
Transcript via SLAM:
During his time playing for the Knicks, Oakley was known to be tough and aggressive and it was cool while he was apart of the team. Draymond notes that it was okay with Dolan then, but now he has an issue.
“You doing it for me, it’s all good,” Green said. “You doing it against me…you speaking out against my organization, it’s not good anymore? That’s a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That’s ridiculous. It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines and all this stuff for your organization. But now all of a sudden when he says something that he feels, it’s a problem.”
Green also said that Dolan mentioning that Oakley may have an issue with alcohol was “not classy at all” and “grimy:”
“That’s not something that you say to the world. That’s not classy at all,” Green said. “It’s not OK for you to go say to the world as a multibillion dollar organization. How can you even pin that on someone? Just throw that out there. That’s grimy. I think that’s wrong.”
Dray also said that the way the Knicks will have trouble landing free agents based on the way they have handled the Oakley situation:
“When you look at what’s going on with the Melo situation in their organization and now how they’re doing Charles Oakley, I don’t know a free agent that would want to go there. I don’t know someone that would really want to go there.”