Charles Oakley is one of the most beloved New York Knicks ever. That’s inarguable. His hustle and grit emobdied what being a Knicks was, and still is, all about.
But how will this go over with Knicks faithful? While Oakley thinks highly of the current Knicks roster, he doesn’t think that the teams two biggest stars, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stourdemire, make their teammates better.
“I think the problem with the Knicks is that their best two guys don’t make the people around them better. You see it with the Miami’s, the Oklahoma City’s, the Bulls, their top guys make others better. If that’s the case, I’m going to make sure that my top two guys have the ball at all times.”
I think the “make his teammates better” argument gets convoluted these days. If you’re a good team, you automatically assume the star makes his teammates better, even if that’s not the case. The same is true in reverse: if a team is struggling, you assume the star players aren’t doing enough.