A reporter who was at the scene said Oakley could be seen yelling at team president Phil Jackson while walking down the tunnel.

The last time Oakley was seen in a Knicks jersey was 20 years ago, so unless you're over 30, you may not have much of a reference point for the Oak man and probably have trouble comprehending the degree of reverence Knicks fans have towards him.

Since then he said it's been an even more acrimonious relationship.

Later that night LeBron James came to the defense of Oakley, who is also from Northeast Ohio, via Instagram. I turned around just in time as he was handing it to him, and then there was a foul.

The olive branch extended by Oakley, however, may no longer be extended after the Knicks' latest statement which referred to Oak's account of the incident as "pure fiction".

"Right there, attacking my character like that - not makin' it about the moment but somethin' bigger that's wrong with me?" You know that from my career.

Oakley had an altercation with Madison Square Garden security staff during first quarter of the Knicks' game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Daily News' Frank Isola caught up with Oakley after he was released from the Midtown South Precinct, and the former Knick said "that he purchased his own tickets and was seated two rows behind Garden Chairman James Dolan".

The New York Knicks have hit low after low this season, but the lowest of them all had nothing do with any current member of the team.

"I don't think you have anybody who could make it close that plays basketball", Anthony said.

ESPN's Jemele Hill and Michael Smith debate whether Phil Jackson is trying to drive Carmelo Anthony out of NY, if Phil has had enough and needs to go or do they just make the best of the situation. This is my heart. "I don't know why I'm not welcome into the Garden". Dolan instructed security to have Oakley removed, but the former player had to be restrained by several security guards, striking several of them on his way out of the arena. He said Dolan ignored him at the All-Star Game, so he asked commissioner Stern to set up a meeting between them.

Oakley was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault, and one of criminal trespass. "It will be the imagine of him being taking down to the ground last night in the same arena he gave his all 2 as a player by the guards!"


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