Charles Oakley
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Retired New York Knicks center Charles Oakley isn’t exactly pleased with the current talent on the team’s roster.

There’s no sugarcoating it: the New York Knicks weren’t big winners this offseason, at all.

They missed out on all three of the max contract-bound superstar free agents they were targeting. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving went to the neighboring Brooklyn Nets, with Kawhi Leonard going out West to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

One significant former Knick (who just so happens to be “banned” from Madison Square Garden) isn’t too pleased with the Knicks current talent.

Yes, you guessed it, mainly because the passage between the parentheses gave it away. It’s Charles Oakley.

“Do they have an ‘A’ player on their team? I don’t think so,” Oakley said, per Charlotte Carroll of Sports Illustrated. “They got maybe one ‘B’ and a lot of ‘Cs.'”


New York did sign some decent players to shorter, cheaper contracts. The Knicks were able to acquire Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton, Reggie Bullock, Bobby Portis and Wayne Ellington. They also still have Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Knox on the roster, who have the potential to be effective for the Knicks.

Those mentioned names, along with rookies RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis will be looking to improve the organization from their 2018-2019 campaign. And boy, do they need that improvement in more ways than one.

The Knicks experienced the worst record in franchise history last season when the David Fizdale-led team ended up 17-65 on the year.

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