Charles Oakley’s list of supporters among active NBA players continues to grow.
The latest to show support for Oakley is Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith, who spent just over three seasons with the Knicks. Oakley was kicked out of Madison Square Garden Wednesday night after the Knicks say he became “abusive” toward Knicks security and owner James Dolan. The Knicks owner and MSG chairman said Friday that Oakley is banned from stepping foot inside MSG.
Smith is selling “I’m With Oakley” T-shirts that he promoted Friday on his Instagram account, telling fans to “join the movement” and “purchase your shirt now.”
Other NBA players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul have also expressed their support for Oakley, who spent 10 seasons with the Knicks and was an All-Star in 1994. Former Pacers guard Reggie Miller also supports Oakley and asked why any potential free agent would want to play for an owner who “treats past greats like this.” He added some shade toward Knicks president Phil Jackson over his not-so-subtle jabs at Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks (22-32) are a mess right now, so for levity, just remember that James ended a press conference Thursday by saying, “Charles Oakley for President.”