New York Knicks owner James Dolan, a pathetic representation of a professional owner, continues to drag the storied franchises reputation and good name to new depths. Dolan has been heavily criticized for the incident with former Knicks player Charles Oakley, which saw Oakley ejected from MSG during a Knicks game, banned and then a mending of the fences taking place.
Dolan has looked every bit of the arrogant embarrassment he looks and he is not gaining any supporters from NBA players, including Golden State Warriors Draymond Green who had some choice words when describing Dolan.
Green says that Dolan operates with a “slave master mentality” referring to the treatment of Oakley, who helped the organization reach so much success during his tenure with the team.
“You doing it for me, it’s all good,” Green said on his “Dray Day” podcast on Uninterrupted (h/t ESPN). “You doing it against me — you speaking out against my organization — it’s not good anymore? 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 says something that he feels, it’s a problem.”
Green said that the actions of Dolan combined with Phil Jackson’s handling of the Carmelo Anthony situation will prohibit players from going to New York in free agency.
“When you look at what’s going on now with the Melo situation in their organization and now how you do a legend in Charles Oakley, I don’t know a free agent that would want to go there. I don’t know someone who would really want to go there.”
Green assumed that Dolan was in control of the Knicks when Oakley was on the team, which is incorrect. Dolan took over operations of the organization after Oakley was traded.
Green and others have criticized Dolan for implying that Oakley has an anger issue and/or a drinking problem.
“That’s not something that you say to the world. That’s not classy at all,” Green said on his podcast. “It’s not OK for you to go say to the world as a multibillion-dollar organization.”
“How can you even pin that on someone? Even if he does or doesn’t, to the world now, people think he has an alcohol problem. How can you pin that on someone? Just throw that out there like that’s no big deal. That’s grimy. I think that’s wrong.”