Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Oak's not getting along with the Knicks.
Charles Oakley joined WFAN in New York with Boomer and Carton to discuss what he said about the Knicks six months ago, what is wrong with the Knicks right now, what he would tell Carmelo Anthony, and the Knicks not giving him tickets.
On the reports that he told LeBron not to go to the Knicks:
"No, I swear on my mother. LeBron never asked me nothing about the Knicks. I know LeBron. He didn't even ask me nothing about the Knicks. … They mad at me because I didn't convince LeBron [to come to New York]. You won't even deal with me. How can I tell somebody to go somewhere when you won't even communicate with me?"
On what he did say about the Knicks:
"I don't know."
On his message to Knicks fans:
"I just want to let the fans know I don't hate the Knicks. I love the Knicks. I go see them play."
On what is wrong with the Knicks today:
"My thing is, when you give someone $100 million, automatically they should be 41-40. If you give another guy have a max, 47. Two max guys should win you 50, 55 games. My thing is, I don't know the structure of what's going on. You can't play Around the World in the NBA, you've gotta go to the basket. … You've got enough talent that you should be .500 this year, easy."
On what he would tell Carmelo Anthony:
"I would say to make the decision for you and your family. I don't want to put something in somebody's head and then he looks back at me. I knew LeBron a lot better than Carmelo … but I like Carmelo. I don't know if he's playing with energy. He's a great scorer, now don't get me wrong. He's probably the best scorer in the league behind Kobe and Wade, just getting it done. But I don't know if he's got a sense of urgency."
On the Knicks not giving him tickets:
"I was in New York, I went to a Yankees game and I called and said, ‘Can I get tickets to the Knicks game?' They said, ‘We can't get you tickets no more to the Knicks game.' … They had tickets, but they said they didn't have no tickets for me. If they're going to tell the truth, tell the truth."
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