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Charles Oakley says he would decline Jim Dolan’s invitation to Knicks game


The Knicks violently ejected Charles Oakley from a game, called him a liar and suggested he’s an alcoholic with anger issues.

Knicks owner James Dolan apologizing and lifting Oakley’s ban from Madison Square Garden doesn’t undo all that.

Oakley, who was asked on The Dan Le Batard Show whether he’d attend a Knicks game if invited by Dolan:

Right now, no. I told them yesterday. I don’t know why they think — if a swimming pool is full of water, it takes a while for when you drain it. It doesn’t going away because you count to 20.

That hurt my character more than the 10 guys who jumped on me. I can take the hit. But, sometimes, when you see stuff keep coming on TV — “You’ve got a problem, You’ve got issues” and this and that — I ain’t that person if you look at my résumé, my history. And then saying I’m a bully. I’m not that guy.

Apologizing — some things hurt. Some things just don’t walk away. If a dog got a broken leg, he’s ain’t just going to walk away. He’s going to try to get himself together or whatever. But some things hurt.

We had a meeting. We tried to think things out. We came to some kind of conclusion, understanding. But this is going to hurt for a while.

Oakley, unlike Dolan (on numerous issues), has appeared to be very reasonable at every step in the aftermath of Wednesday. The former player isn’t asking the Knicks for anything else, though he welcomed Dolan apologizing publicly to him and Knicks fans. Oakley even said he would have been fine if they kept the ban permanent.

Time heals all wounds. In this case, that might be the only missing ingredient — but it’s a necessary one.

Jazz boost international bona fides with new minor-league coach

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Martin Schiller has been named coach of the Salt Lake City Stars, the Utah Jazz’s NBA G League affiliate.

Schiller previously served as an assistant coach of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany and replaces Dean Cooper. He was an assistant coach for the Artland Dragons from 2010-15.

Schiller has also been an assistant coach on the German National Team since 2015, where he worked with Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen.

Schiller hails from Vienna, Austria, and Stars vice president of basketball operations Bart Taylor lauded him for his international experience and player development background.

The Jazz organization is known to have close relationships with the international basketball community. The Jazz currently have eight international players.

Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 with Celtics

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BOSTON (AP) — Newly acquired guard Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 in Boston because the Celtics already have retired the numbers he wore in college and with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving wore No. 11 at two New Jersey high schools before switching to No. 1 at Duke. He wore No. 2 with the Cavaliers for the first six years of his NBA career.

The Celtics retired No. 1 for founder and original owner Walter Brown. They retired No. 2 for former coach and general manager Red Auerbach.

In all, the Celtics have retired 21 numbers, with Paul Pierce’s No. 34 next in line for the TD Garden rafters.


PBT Extra: Cavaliers’ new GM aces first big test with Kyrie Irving trade


Everyone in the NBA — heck, nearly everyone living in the Western hemisphere — knew Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland. That should kill the Cavaliers’ leverage and make it hard to get enough quality back.

New GM Koby Altman — the guy thrust into the job when David Griffin was shown the door — pulled it off brilliantly.

That’s what I talk about in this new PBT Extra. With Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, the Cavaliers remain the team to beat in the East this season. The Brooklyn Nets pick gives them flexibility going forward, whatever LeBron James decides to do next season.

First time at the plate in the big leagues and Altman crushed it to straight away center field.

Cavaliers-Celtics deal first offseason trade involving players who just met in NBA Finals or conference finals

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The Cavaliers and Celtics played in last year’s Eastern Conference finals. The teams were widely expected to meet there again.

Yet, Cleveland and Boston just completed a blockbuster trade – Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.

That seemed odd.

In fact, it’s unprecedented.

That is an incredible fact, one which speaks to LeBron Jamescachet. The Cavs are emphasizing this season, LeBron’s last before a player option, by loading up with veterans Thomas and Crowder. With LeBron still reigning in Cleveland, the Celtics are delaying their peak by acquiring the younger Irving.

Adding to the intrigue: the Cavs and Celtics are still favored to meet in this year’s conference finals. At minimum, they’ll face off in a(n even more) highly anticipated opening-night matchup.