Former Knicks coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy hopes that the Knicks will hold a day to commemorate Charles Oakley and retire his number, he said before Wednesday's Knicks-Thunder game.
Van Gundy coached Oakley with the Knicks during the 1990s, first as an assistant and then as head coach starting in 1995. The former Knicks coach believes an event like this could help smooth things over between Oakley and the Knicks after the events of last week.
"I love the Knicks, and I love Charles Oakley," Van Gundy said. "Charles, with all of his greatness, helped me immeasurably. So I'm glad that it seems that it's heading toward a positive resolution.
"Hopefully one day very soon it's 'Charles Oakley Day.' I do think his number should be retired. The longevity and his accomplishments warrant it. But more so that he understands exactly what he meant to the organization and the city."
Oakley would be the ninth Knick player to have his number retired by the team.