Wow. Last night was drama filled, to say the least, and a lot of it involves the New York Knicks (who can’t seem to win a game). But that’s not all, how will Oklahoma City Thunder fans greet Kevin Durant during his first game back this weekend? And Steph Curry responds to Under Armour’s CEO’s comments on Trump. Here are the top things you need to know today:
Charles Oakley Arrested After Skirmish at Knicks Game
Former NY Knicks star Charles Oakley was arrested during last night’s game against the LA Clippers, after a skirmish with security. He was charged with three counts of assault. Oakley was sitting several rows from the baseline, and according to ESPN, he was making comments towards team owner James Dolan, who eventually had him escorted out – and the skirmish broke out.
After being released, Oakley told the New York Daily News that “I didn’t say anything to him. I swear on my mother. They came over and wanted to know why I was sitting there. I bought the ticket.”
But Oakley is a fan favorite, and the crowd cheered for him as he was escorted out of the MSG tunnel.
Watch the altercation here:
Have watched this video of Charles Oakley going after James Dolan 10x & dont know who looks more stunned, John McEnroe or Kristaps Porzingis pic.twitter.com/Zp40XtNfaI
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 9, 2017
Staying with the Knicks, the feud between Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson continues. Anthony responded to a tweet by his boss which cited a Bleacher Report article about ‘Melo, saying he doesn’t have the same will to win as Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, which is frustrating Jackson. The Knicks president the tweeted that, “Bleacher’s Ding almost rings the bell, but I learned you don’t change the spot on a leopard with Michael Graham in my CBA daze.”
Bleacher’s Ding almost rings the bell, but I learned you don’t change the spot on a leopard with Michael Graham in my CBA daze.
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) February 7, 2017
On Wednesday, Anthony said he’s beyond being bothered, and even joked that Phil got the wrong animal. His favorite animal is a black jaguar, not a leopard.
But thankfully for them two, NY is so focused on Oakley, they may even forget about this exchange…at least for now.
Curry vs Under Armour – Nothing to See Here
Stephen Curry has a contract with Under Armour through the year 2024, but that hasn’t stopped the NBA superstar from publicly disagreeing with CEO Kevin Plank about President Donald Trump. Earlier this week, Plank said President Trump was an “asset” to the country. According to The Mercury News, Curry responded saying, “I agree with that description, if you remove the et.”
Curry spoke with Plank and other officials within Under Armour, and there is no bad blood between the two sides.
Kevin Durant is preparing to return to Oklahoma City, and the city is preparing to receive him, positively or negatively. The Golden State Warriors play back-to-back games this weekend, in Memphis on Friday then OKC on Saturday. Durant sat down with ESPN ahead of his big return, telling Marc Stein that he knows the fans are still hurting from his departure.
“No matter what goes on — cheers, boos — I know that stuff will be remembered, and it’s something that I’m always going to remember,” Durant told Stein. “It’s a new chapter in my life. I’ve decided to move on. I know I’m making it sound as simple as that, but to me, that’s how I have to approach it.”
Hopefully for Durant, the scene will not be as hideous and he may imagine it to be, cheering or booing. And let’s face it, homecomings happen all the time, and if LeBron survived his return to Cleveland in 2010, after his jersey was burned in the streets, Durant will be just fine.