It was the most fight the New York Knicks showed at Madison Square Garden in years. Too bad it came from a former Knicks great and not a current player.
During the first quarter of the Knicks-Los Angeles Clippers game last night, Charles Oakley was arrested and charged with three counts of assault after fighting with Garden security near team owner James Dolan.
Following his release from the NYPD's Midtown South Precinct just past midnight, Oakley insisted that he didn't do anything wrong, denying an ESPN report that police sources said he was yelling comments toward Dolan before the owner had security escort him out, leading to the scrap.
Is that how you treat a player who gave his heart and soul to the Knicks from 1988-1998?
Well, let's just say the likes of LeBron James, Spike Lee and Reggie Miller do not think so.
Here is the video of Oakley putting hands on Garden security and the outrage it caused from some of the aforementioned people and fans.
He was the Knicks enforcer for a decade strong for a reason.
As the ESPN personality stated, Oakley point blank doesn't like Dolan, further fueling the altercation between him and Garden security.
The fact that Knicks' fans were chanting "Oakley! Oakley!" while he was getting escorted out of the Garden solidifies his "Legend" hash-tag that King James used.
The legendary director told ESPN that "I'll pack Phil's bags for him," referring to Knicks president Phil Jackson and the franchise's overall state of dysfunction.
Lee added, "I think I still believe in Carmelo [Anthony], but Phil Jackson is making it very difficult for him."
They're bound to be epic.
Gotta give respect when and where it's due.
But he did have a front-and-center seat to see it all unfold from the Clippers' bench.
Not the one to try then ... and still now.
(Photo: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)