New York Knicks legend Charles Oakley says that Jeff Bezos has interest in purchasing the New York Knicks from current owner James Dolan.
Oakley is doing his damnedest to get back into Madison Square Garden. Even if that means getting rid of team owner, James Dolan.
In a YouTube video with The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Jason Concepcion, the Knicks icon shared some very interesting information regarding a possible sale opportunity of the team.
“Jeff Bezos wants to buy the Knicks. He was going to try do Amazon Long Island, and he went to Virginia, so he still wants to do some real estate in New York,” said Oakley. “Why not buy the Garden? That’s someone you can’t question. It’s not like he needs to get three or four other investors. He’s the investor himself.”
The last sentence is especially important regarding the interest of Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos.
This isn’t the first time that Bill Simmons has suggested an impending sale of the team. Earlier this year on “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” The Ringer CEO suggested that Dolan had been listening to offers from potential buyers.
Of course, Dolan shut this rumor down with a Mitchell Robinson-like swat. Prior to the Simmons rumor, in an interview with ESPN’s Ian O’Connor, he did acknowledge that he has an ideal number (somewhere around $5 billion) in mind for a sale.
Obviously, $5 billion dollars is a steep price to pay. In later podcasts, Simmons suggested that it would take multiple investors to compile a bid of this exorbitant price.
Bezos—as Oakley suggested—would be able to fund the entire purchase himself. His net worth is somewhere in the ballpark of $130-$150 billion dollars (assuming that his January divorce doesn’t drain him of cash). If there’s one person who can eat Dolan’s bloated cost for the Knicks, it’s Jeff Bezos.
For Knicks’ fans, a change of ownership could be the start of a new chapter. The team is already rumored to be in the running for NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Imagine if they added the richest man in the world to the equation.