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.
Oh, and I don't think LeBron is coming. More on that to come.