New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing was recently on the receiving end of some harsh criticism from one of his former teammates, Charles Oakley. According to Oakley, New York’s failures from the 1990’s can be blamed on Ewing for the latter’s tendency to “duck adversity.”
Ewing has spoken out about the controversial statement, but has opted to take a high-road approach in dealing with his former teammate’s rather unsavory message.
“I have nothing to say about what Charles has to say,” Ewing said on the Good Show Thursday, via Marc Berman of the New York Post. “He’s one of my best teammates. We went into a lot of wars and a lot of wars against the (Chicago) Bulls. So everyone is entitled to their own opinion.”
Oakley’s criticism came in the wake of ESPN’s hit docu-series “The Last Dance,” wherein the Knicks are featured as one of the teams that struggled mightily during the era of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. In Oakley’s mind, the blame is on Ewing.
For his part, though, Ewing simply refused to engage. He even went on to say that he has no ill will against Oakley.
“I love Charles Oakley,’’ Ewing said. “I still consider him a friend, but everybody is entitled to think or say what they want.”
Earlier, former Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy came to the defense of Ewing, and basically refuted Oakley’s claim. As it seems, Oakley is all alone in this ship.