Charles Barkley calls ‘BS’ on Knicks-Charles Oakley saga (vid)
It appears the feud between Charles Oakley and the New York Knicks may have been resolved thanks to the interventions by NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Michael Jordan. But that doesn’t mean Charles Barkley wasn’t going to weigh in on the “silliest, most BS thing” he’s seen in his 30 years in the NBA.
The feud reached its boiling point when Oakley was ejected from Madison Square Garden last Wednesday and subsequently arrested in an ugly scene for all involved parties.
Silver on Monday met with Knicks owner James Dolan, who previously banned Oakley from Madison Square Garden. The NBA commissioner was later joined via telephone by Michael Jordan, a longtime friend of Oakley’s.
Shortly afterward, Silver issued the following statement:
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement today regarding the situation involving Charles Oakley and Madison Square Garden pic.twitter.com/T8cmFx6tmV
— NBA (@NBA) February 14, 2017
Silver’s statement was read on TNT’s NBA coverage on Monday night, after which the studio panel weighed in on the situation. It was Barkley, however, who sounded off most on what he perceives as the ridiculousness of the situation and the coverage of the aftermath.
EJ, Chuck, Kenny & Shaq react to Adam Silver’s statement regarding Charles Oakley and the Knicks… pic.twitter.com/Nzo5qrk1Qh
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 14, 2017
“This is probably the silliest, most BS thing I’ve ever seen in my 30 years in the NBA,” Barkley said during TNT’s pregame coverage. “This was a waste of time, waste of energy. It’s a bad look for the Knicks. It’s a bad look for Charles Oakley. It’s a bad look for the NBA. And I cannot believe we’re wasting all our time on this crap.”
Barkley then took aim at the sad state of the NBA, an oft-employed criticism from the analyst.
“How bad is the NBA, that we spend all our time talking about stuff that’s unimportant and insignificant?” he said. “We can’t even just talk about basketball anymore?”
Barkley obviously didn’t pull any punches in his assessment of the situation, hardly surprising given how he approached his recent feud with LeBron James. As far as the Knicks are concerned, the possibility that the arguably avoidable Oakley fiasco has been resolved would be welcome development for the perpetually dysfunctional organization.