Golden State Warriors superstar Draymond Green weighed in on the New York Knicks treatment of Charles Oakley on Wednesday afternoon, and he didn’t hold back.
Green, who was speaking on his Uninterrupted podcast, began by saying he has “a lot of views” on the situation because there are “so many different aspects to the story.”
“No. 1 — (Oakley) is a legend. Treat him as such,” Green said. “Why is (Oakley) buying a ticket to a game, first off? … It wasn’t a problem when (Oakley) was speaking out (when he played in the 1990s). It wasn’t a problem when he was protecting (the Knicks’) superstars then. So if it wasn’t a problem then when he was doing it for y’all, why is it all of a sudden a problem now when he speak out on something that he don’t like, and now you want to disown him from your entire organization? … That’s a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That’s ridiculous.”
“It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines, and all this stuff for your organization. But now all of a sudden, when he say something that he feels, it’s a problem. I disagree with that. I definitely think, like I said, that that’s a slave master mentality.”
Green also blasted the Knicks for the statement they released after the initial incident at Madison Square Garden last Wednesday, which ended with: “He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon.”
Draymond Green’s hot take on the situation, is another clear reminder on how the outside NBA landscape views the Knicks house of horrors. Getting B level free agents will be a difficult task for Knick’s management. Getting a max player, completely out of the question now.