Are you tired of talking about the James Dolan vs. Charles Oakley feud? At this point, most NBA fans are. It’s gotten to be pretty exhausting. But on Monday afternoon, there was a development in the story that added a new wrinkle to it.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver decided that he had seen enough of the bitter back-and-forth between Dolan and Oakley. So he invited both men to his office in New York City to hash out their differences. He even invited Michael Jordan to call in to the meeting, and according to a statement released by Silver, both Dolan and Oakley "were apologetic" about the incident that took place last week. Silver even said that the indefinite ban Dolan placed on Oakley might disappear very soon, and it appears as though that is already the case:
Good news, right? But when the topic came up on TNT’s Inside the NBA on Monday night, Charles Barkley—a longtime adversary of Oakley—wasn’t interested in talking about it. He ripped the entire situation and called it the "most BS thing" he’s seen during his time in and around the NBA.
"I’ve been in the NBA for 30 years," Barkley said. "This is probably the silliest, most BS thing I’ve ever seen in my 30 years in the NBA. This was a waste of time, waste of energy. It’s a bad look for the Knicks. It’s a bad look for Charles Oakley. It’s a bad look for the NBA. And I cannot believe we are wasting all our time on this crap."
Well, Chuckster. Why don’t you tell us how you really feel? The rest of the Inside the NBA crew went on to talk more about the ongoing feud, but Barkley wanted no part of it. And can you blame him? It’s just about time for everyone—Dolan and Oakley included—to find a way to move on.