Carmelo Anthony said the Charles Oakley incident at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday is another example of a "cloud" that's hovering over the organization at the moment -- one that he says could affect the team's ability to attract free agents. "What happened is just an accumulation of incident on top of incident on top of everything that's going on that's surrounding the New York Knicks organization right now. It's just kind of this cloud over us right now that we have to figure out a way to get out of it," Anthony said Friday. "I think you have to be in it, you have to be going through it, in order to understand it. From the outside looking in, it looks bad. And it's even worse when you're getting through it." Knicks owner James Dolan announced on Friday that Oakley has been banned indefinitely from Madison Square Garden, two days after the former Knicks great was forcibly removed from a game and arrested. Oakley's presence could be felt in the arena on Friday as fans periodically chanted "Free Oakley" and "We want Oakley" during the Knicks' 131-123 loss to the Denver Nuggets. New York coach Jeff Hornacek was furious with his team's defense, calling out the effort of his starters.
Carmelo Anthony: Getting through 'cloud' even worse than it looks from outside
ESPN | Feb 11