Oakley rips Amare, D'Antoni and Isiah
October, 16, 2011
Charles Oakley showed up at K1X's store in Soho to promote his new clothing line, but spent a lot of his time ripping the Knicks.
Here are some highlights from the former Knicks bruiser's interview with the New York Post:
On Amare Stoudemire: "Amare's good; he's good in his way. He's a West Coast player trying to translate to the East Coast. And the longer he plays in the East, the more his body's gonna get damaged, because he’s got to take a beating now."
On Mike D'Antoni's system: "I don’t think [it can be successful], but that's his coaching style. They knew when they signed him. ... When you go buy a Bentley, you know it's not a Volkswagen. When they signed him, they knew what they were getting. That conversation should be dead, because it's a West Coast offense playing in a hard-nosed city. You always give somebody a chance to prove themselves. I mean, this is his fourth year. He's had a lot of time. ... I think it's just more half-court offense, and they need the big, tough guy. He don't want to play that way, but finesse, it's not gonna work."
On the Carmelo Anthony & Stoudemire Era: "I mean, they've got hype. But hype don't win nothing."
On the organization's feelings about both he and all-time great Patrick Ewing: "[The Knicks] don't want nothing to do with me. I don't know why. I tried to deal with them on several occasions. I'm not gonna keep trying. They don't like Patrick, either. They won't give Patrick a job, so I know they won't give me a job. Patrick should have a job before anyone. He's probably the best guy since [Walt] Frazier, [Earl] Monroe ... he's the main guy on the list."
On Isiah Thomas: “I don’t understand how he even got a job with management. He had nothing to do with the Knicks, then he talked bad about the Knicks ... If I see him, he’d better turn around and go the other way.”