Aspiring chef Charles Oakley just served up some juicy NBA gossip regarding the Knicks.
Last week during a pilot The Ringer filmed called “Tough Chef with Charles Oakley,” the former Knicks big man said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is interested in buying the team.
“I heard that. Jeff Bezos wants to buy the Knicks,” Barkley told The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Jason Concepcion. “He was going to try Amazon in Long Island, and he went to Virginia. He still (wants) to do some real estate in New York. Why not buy the Garden?
“That’s someone you can’t question,” he added. “It ain’t like he needs to get three or four other investors. He’s the investor, himself.”
There has been some speculation that the embattled James Dolan would sell the team.
Simmons reported for The Ringer in February that Dolan is listening to offers for the franchise. The Garden immediately denied the report.
Whether Oakley really has inside information or is just speculating, it is no secret the beloved former Knicks forward is no fan of current owner James Dolan, who threw him out of the Garden in 2017.
Oakley — who played for the Knicks for 10 seasons, through the 1997-98 season — sued Dolan and Madison Square Garden on Sept. 12 after he was escorted from the arena when he was involved in a fracas that included two Garden security guards while sitting in the stands during a game the previous Feb. 8. Oakley’s misdemeanor assault charges were later dismissed.
The old-time Knicks enforcer fired the most recent salvo in his ongoing feud with Dolan. He filed court papers on March 13 in which he wanted a federal judge to watch a recent video of Dolan booting a heckler — who yelled at him to sell the team — from Madison Square Garden during a March 9 game against the Kings.
The fan received a ban from MSG for the stunt, which Dolan described as an ambush.
Oakley said the cellphone recording of the heckling incident is “germane” to a pending motion by Dolan to dismiss Oakley’s suit over getting thrown out of the arena in 2017. In response to Oakley’s filing, Dolan lawyer Randy Mastro called the March 9 incident “completely irrelevant to the merits of this case” and urged the judge to dismiss Oakley’s suit without considering the video.
Oakley also had some bad news for Knicks fans during his pilot cooking show, saying he doesn’t think Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving will be coming to New York.
“It’s too much problems with management, the fans,” Oakley said. “There’s too much going on with the team. Tanking. I think they’re going to get Kemba (Walker) and (Jimmy) Butler, before KD or Kyrie.
Needless to say, that brought some laughs from Simmons and Concepcion.