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I remember when the Knicks tradedstrickland-to-spurs-for-cheeks.html"> Rod Strickland for Mo Cheeks in February of 1990 and Knicks fans went nuts. Most couldn't believe how they could trade a young up-and-coming PG for a 33-year-old veteran impressive resume or not.

It turns out that Cheeks was part of knocking down a Celtics dynasty that was virtually on its last legs, leading the Knicks to a 5 game playoff series victory including a memorable Game 5 victory on the Garden parquet. I'd me remiss if I didn't mention Charles Oakley's 20/20 game that day as well. If memory serves he had 22 points and 25 rebounds, or something in that range.

Fast forward some 20 years later and the Knicks are led by another veteran point guard Chauncey Billups who possesses a similar veteran acumen that Cheeks did. Both won championships and lived, for years, in the second season. Both nearing the end of their careers who want one last shot at the big time.

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Whats up Knicks Blog!

It's an absolute pleasure and privilege to be one of the new additions to The Knicks Blog. ?Many thanks going out to the main man Tommy Dee for giving me this opportunity to communicate and connect with the largest network of Knicks fans on the Web. ?I'm hoping to bring you all great content with interesting insight and ideas while keeping things light at the same time. ?So what better way to start things off than with my favorite Knicks anecdote about my phone call with Charles Oakley back in the Summer of 2007:

After graduating from college, I spent a year living at home in Westchester. ?My mom was bugging me to go get the cars washed, so I took the old Honda first, to where else, Oakley's Car Wash in Yonkers. ?While waiting for my car, I had a nice conversation with the woman behind the counter just chatting about the Knicks and Oakley and how much I missed those teams. ?The next day I brought in our other car to get washed and saw the same nice woman sitting behind the counter. ?We chatted a little bit more and I walked outside to wait for the car. ?A minute later, she was knocking on the glass, waving me back inside. I walked in and she held out the phone to me. ?"It's Charles," she told me. ?I grabbed the phone from her and said hello. ?To my surprise, a groggy sounding, 6'8" from Virginia Union, Charles Oakley was on the other end.
"What's up man, thanks for coming to the Car Wash," he mumbled, almost inaudibly. ?Was he hungover? ?For the sake of the story, let's say yes.
"No problem Charles, love your car wash" I said. "I'm a big fan, I loved the way you played the game. ?I can't believe the Knicks haven't retired your number yet. ?Now we have to watch Eddy Curry bringing shame to 34 every night," I told him (Remember this was waaay back in 2007 when Eddy Curry actually played basketball).
"Man, that fat f*** is an embarrassment. ?Just a total embarrassment. ?He shouldn't be allowed to wear my number. ?It's a f***in' joke man. ?It's just terrible."
Apparently, I struck a chord with the Oak Man. ?The rest of the conversation is a blur. ?Charles Oakley cursing at me over the phone was terrifying. ?I now have a decent idea of how opposing forwards felt playing against him on the court. ?Fear aside though, Charles Oakley had just made my day. ?He was stating the obvious, but hearing it from a Knick legend made it that much more important. ?More than anything though, it was great to know that Oakley, the pillar of those great 90's teams, shared my frustration about the state of the Knicks.
So there you have my "Charles-Oakley-calling-Eddy-Curry-a-fat-f***" story. ?Sorry TKB, but it's all downhill from here.

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Via Isola:

"...There is no communication on defense," Oakley, the former Knicks power forward, said Saturday over the telephone. "They don't dive on the floor for the ball. They should be getting five to six charges a night. But I don't see that.

"I'm going to put this on the players because it's up to them to fight every night. The coach can't fight for you. You can't just let teams get layup after layup."

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I just saw this video from Fooch, and I'd be remiss if I didn't post a video on my favorite all time Knick. Herb is right, Oakley was a fan favorite and epitomized what it meant to play here.

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Via the NY Post:
"...Meanwhile, Charles Oakley is under consideration by Walsh to help big men get down and dirty at the defensive end. Does that mean the Knicks president is unhappy with how easy and how often opponents scored last season? My second question is, how do you teach bringing intimidation and intensity to work every time you get on the court? Oakley also was contacted by Portland officials who suspect it might be good for the team?s health if a trace of his brutish attitude rubbed off on Greg Oden..."
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Yesterday, fromthebaseline had a nice post about the former Knick coach as they reacted to an article in the Daily News.

"...The Knicks' record is what the record is and the record for the decade is what it is," said Van Gundy, the third-winningest coach in franchise history. "You can't spin that for anything positive. But the positives they do have going for them is an owner that wants to win and will spend money to win. They have an executive in Donnie Walsh who has proven to be an astute judge of talent and character and has put together near championship teams. And they have a successful coach.

"What they need are starting-caliber players. They have nice guys if you're talking about four or fifth starters or rotation backups. They've got to find a best player that they can build around."

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As the Clippers enter NY to face the Knicks tonight, there are a few familiar faces wearing Clipper red, white and blue.

One is an ex-Knick who despite being traded for one of the most popular men in team history, a player who personified the fans in many ways, became a fan favorite in his own rite. Replacing Charles Oakley is not a small feat in the world of New York sports.

The other is a player was often defended by fans yet never played much defense.

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Quite simply, Sports Illustrated's photography will always make them relevant, even if the publishing world dissolves someday. They are a venerable library of the greatest moments in sports captured on film. I had the opportunity to work there for a few years, and it was a tremendous experience.

Granted, recently, SI has done a great job staying relevant with the Torre book and the A-Roid scandal, and they've recently done a great job putting together a Knicks photo scrapbook.

If you know me you know that my favorite All-Time Knicks were Oak and Ewing, which is odd because I was a guard. Although he was only here a short time, Derek Harper's ability to lead from a defensive standpoint always made me admire him tremendously. He would have been the finals MVP in 1994 had we won, as far as I'm concerned. He'll always be one of my favorites as well. Heck, they change the hand check rules because of him.

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IF the report from today's Daily Dime is true, it would appear certain that David Lee's days as a Knick may be over before the trade deadline.

"...The Nuggets, sources said, did not have enough to get Lee after withdrawing Kleiza and offering a package built around guard Chucky Atkins (who makes $3.2 million this season and $3.5 million next season) and two first-round picks.

Yet it seems safe to presume that Atkins will be offered up to the Knicks again between now and the Feb. 19 trading deadline, in one trade scenario or another, given his perpetual readiness to hoist a shot -- never discouraged in Mike D'Antoni's offense -- and the Nuggets' well-known desire to shed at least one more salary to get under the luxury-tax line..."Remember due to NBA rules the Nuggets would not be able to offer 2009 and 2010 first rounders because they gave up their pick last year to the Bobcats.

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It seems businessman extraordinaire Charles Oakley is attempting to venture out and add to his car wash empire by getting into the culinary world.

What on earth would Oak prepare in the kitchen, you ask? You guessed it, duck confit with a balsamic emulsion. Just kidding. Like us, Oak's all about the short ribs. Allow Yahoo's J.E. Skeets to explain. (hat tip to the hype guy for the picture.)

"Oakley is executive producing and starring as the cook on a TV show he's trying to pitch called "Caf? Oakley," and last night's screening featured three episodes (one of which guest starred John Starks).

Oakley cooked Oak's Fried Chicken and Macaroni Salad in the first episode, followed by Oak's Pasta, Sauce and Sausages in the second, and Oak's Smothered Steak and Rice in the third. "Hopefully we'll get some calls about it," Oakley said. "I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10."

Not sure how much Oak knows in the kitchen, but I'm sure he's had a chance or two to cook for a lady friend...speaking of ribs, enjoy Chris Rock's acting debut in 1988's "I'm Gonna Git you Sucka."

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Charles Oakley has been very outspoken recently about his desire to see the organization hire Herb Williams.

"[Williams] would bring just as much as Lenny Wilkens brought here. More than Isiah. No question," Oakley said. "All he needs is a chance. I think they should give him a chance because every time they've asked him to do something, he's done it over the years. Interim coach, he's done it. Coached after the season, he's done it. So what's left besides giving him a chance?

"I think that you should start with what you've got here and take a good look. He's been there every time you called. You got sick, he went and got the medicine to make you better."

No one's a bigger Oak fan than I am, I mean I drive 20 minutes to one of his car washes to get a cleaning for crying out loud. He is one of my NY sports heroes. That said, what on earth did Lenny Wilkens do for the Knicks? I dunno. I love Herb, but if he gets passed over here I think it's time for him to move on, for his sake. I think he's a head coach in this league, I just think he has to get his suits dry cleaned to remove the filth and stains of the Isiah era, which may take some time and hamper his head coaching chances.
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