Draymond Green: Knicks Owner James Dolan Has a ‘Slave Master Mentality’ Toward Charles Oakley

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Known more for his kicking, Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green didn't pull any punches regarding the topic of the Charles Oakley–James Dolan dustup that's slowly evolved since the former New York Knicks enforcer was ejected from Madison Square Garden, apparently at the behest of Dolan, the team's owner.

Afterward, the Knicks suggested on Twitter that Oakley had a drinking problem. Two days later he was banned from MSG, but that banishment was lifted after a meeting between Dolan, Oakley, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, and Michael Jordan, who joined via conference call.

On his Dray Day podcast, Green suggested that Dolan has a "slave master mentality"—benefitting from a player's athletic accomplishments then disregagrding him once the owner can no longer profit off him.

"You doing it for me, it's all good," Green said. "You doing it against me—you speaking out against my organization—it's not good anymore? That's a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That's ridiculous.

"It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines and all this stuff for your organization. But now, all of a sudden, when he says something that he feels, it's a problem."

Technically Oakley wasn't still on the Knicks when once Dolan took control of the team in 2000. Before that, the Knicks were owned by Dolan's daddy (actually, his daddy's company, Cablevision), who then gave little JD the family business to ruin any way he pleased.

"That's not something that you say to the world. That's not classy at all," Green said of the Knicks' claim that Oakley has a drinking problem. This appears to be Dolan's go-to accusation. He went to rehab in 1993. "It's not okay for you to go say to the world as a multibillion-dollar organization."

And, because there are never enough bad things to say about the Knicks' comically run organization, Green chimed in on their handling of star Carmelo Anthony, whom team president Phil Jackson has shown an obvious preference to move.

"When you look at what's going on now with the Melo situation in their organization and now how you do a legend in Charles Oakley, I don't know a free agent that would want to go there," Green said. "I don't know someone who would really want to go there."

When this guy is questioning your decision-making skills, you know you've got a problem.

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