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Charles Oakley charged with three misdemeanor assault counts, criminal trespassing

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NEW YORK (AP) — Former Knicks star Charles Oakley was escorted from his seats at Madison Square Garden and arrested after an altercation near team owner James Dolan.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

Oakley shoved security guards before they pulled him away from his seat behind the baseline during the first quarter of the Knicks’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Fans chanted “Oakley! Oakley!” in support of the popular power forward.

The 53-year-old Oakley played for the Knicks from 1988-98, helping them reach the NBA Finals, but has a poor relationship with the team because of his criticisms of Dolan, the Madison Square Garden chairman.

“Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” the Knicks wrote in a statement on Twitter . “He has been ejected and is currently being arrested by the New York City Police Department. He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon.”

The altercation took place just a few rows behind the court during a stoppage in play, and players from both teams turned to watch.

Oakley was handcuffed near an arena exit as he waited for police to arrive.

The 6-foot-8 Oakley was a rugged enforcer playing alongside Patrick Ewing on the Knicks teams of the 1990s and has kept his tough-guy persona long after retirement, trading barbs with former rival Charles Barkley recently.

Bucks’ Jabari Parker leaves game with serious-looking knee injury (video)

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Just as they get Khris Middleton back, the Bucks could lose Jabari Parker.

Parker left Milwaukee’s 106-88 loss to the Heat after injuring his left knee — the same knee where he tore an ACL that cost him most of his rookie year — in the third quarter. At this point, anything less than another season-ender should be welcome news for the Bucks.

Parker is in the midst of a career year, showing why Milwaukee drafted him No. 2 overall in 2014. Expanding his range beyond the arc (36.7% on 3.5 3-point attempts per game), he’s averaging 20.2 points per game and really boosting the offense.

The Bucks (22-29) are still in the playoff race, two games and three teams out. But this will make it difficult to make up ground.

They have no shortage of (underwhelming) similarly styled power-forward options: Mirza Teletovic, Michael Beasley and Thon Maker. Milwaukee also now has an abundance of centers who could form more-traditional two-big lineups — John Henson, Greg Monroe, Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes — but those units would run counter to the team’s aggressive DNA. At least Giannis Antetokounmpo can play any position to make a new lineup click.

If the Bucks lose Parker for an extend period of time, they’ll slip in talent and fit. There’s no hidden upside here. Milwaukee just has to hope for a favorable diagnosis.

Trail Blazers’ Evan Turner out 5-6 weeks, won’t undergo surgery

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Trail Blazers wing Evan Turner suffered what he called a “janky injury,” breaking his hand yesterday with a type of fracture that reveals no immediate clear prognosis.

A day later, the timeline is in.

Trail Blazers release:

Further medical evaluation confirms that Portland guard Evan Turner sustained a fracture of the third metacarpal in his right hand.

He is expected to be sidelined for 5-6 weeks. The injury will not require surgery.

Portland had just moved Turner into the starting lineup and gone 5-4 since (compared to 18-26 prior). Both the starting and other lineups had fared better since the change that also saw Noah Vonleh start.

The rise of the bench units could be explained by removing Turner, who has (predictably) disappointed in the first season of a four-year, $70 million contract. But he didn’t impede the new starting lineup, so don’t scapegoat him so easily.

The Trail Blazers — one game behind the Nuggets for playoff position — now must find a new winning combination. That won’t necessarily be so much more difficult without Turner, but Portland will have to once again shuffle pieces after seemingly finally finding something that worked.

Report: Draymond Green intentionally tried to provoke Kevin Durant with ‘f— you’, winked at teammates afterward

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Draymond Green described his apparent argument with Kevin Durant during Saturday’s Warriors-Kings game as a “tactic,” though Green was purposefully vague publicly.

That might not have been Green’s only purposeful move.

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

Sources told ESPN that Green, trying to use reverse psychology, intentionally and aggressively approached Durant with a bevy of choice words during a break in Saturday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings.

“F— you” obscenities were repeatedly tossed back and forth by both players, sources told ESPN. Durant was enraged. Sources said Green, knowing he had accomplished his goal, began winking and smiling at some of his teammates and coaching staff.

That’d be a heck of a tactic.

Know what else would be a great tactic? Leaking a story that distracts from an actual spat you want out of the harsh spotlight.

 

Charles Oakley shoves Knicks security, reportedly arrested as Phil Jackson tries to calm him

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Former Knicks player Charles Oakley — who has feuded with the franchise, particularly owner James Dolan, since retirement — attended tonight’s game at Madison Square Garden.

Oakley, an enforcer as a player who prides himself on an (earned) tough-guy image, didn’t last long, pushing a security guard and then, according to the Knicks, getting arrested.

Here are multiple angles of the incident:

As for what happened behind the scenes:

President Donald Trump has changed the paradigm on official langue. Still, that is a WILD statement from start to finish.

And at least Phil Jackson finally did something.