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.