Charles Oakley planning to attend a Knicks game … in Cleveland
Charles Oakley will be in attendance for an upcoming New York Knicks game at an NBA arena, although said arena won’t be Madison Square Garden.
Oakley hinted on Twitter about attending Wednesday’s game between the Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers at Quick Loans Arena.
On my to LAND!!!!!
— Charles Oakley (@CharlesOakley34) February 23, 2017
Oakley later confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman he would in fact be in Cleveland for the Knicks-Cavs tilt, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Ian Begley.
Charles Oakley plans to attend tonight’s Knicks-Cavs game in Cleveland, he confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Oakley’s close with LeBron.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 23, 2017
Oakley is a longtime friend of LeBron James — who vocally professed his support in the wake of his pal’s arrest — so it’s no surprise Oakley would show up in Cleveland.
Oakley of course is embroiled in a long-simmering feud that boiled over following his arrest two weeks ago during a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden.
After Knicks owner James Dolan announced Oakley had been banned from the Garden — not to mention accusing Oakley of having “problems with alcohol” — NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Michael Jordan helped broken a tenuous peace between the parties.
Things quickly continued to spiral, though, even after Dolan lifted the ban. Oakley did back off demands for a public apology but nevertheless remained reticent about returning to the Garden, despite Dolan’s invitation. Oakley later compared Dolan to disgraced former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, although he stopped short of referring to the Knicks owner as a racist.
Several of the NBA’s biggest names have come out in support of Oakley, including Charles Barkley, as well as Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul. But perhaps the most inflammatory comments came from Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green, who accused Dolan of exhibiting a “slave master mentality” in his handling of the Oakley drama.
In the end, Oakley’s decision to attend a Knicks game but not at Madison Square Garden is one more indication the feud is far from over.