The feud between former Knicks star Charles Oakley and team owner James Dolan took another twist Thursday when Oakley hinted Dolan is similar to Donald Sterling, the disgraced former Clippers owner.
The story got even stranger when none other than Sterling himself told the New York Daily News he finds the comparison "amazing."
“Oakley compared me to Dolan? Isn’t that amazing," Sterling told the Daily News. "I feel bad about Oakley. I wish that he could understand that there are no hard feelings by Dolan toward him. Owners don’t have hard feelings toward the players. They want the players to succeed, because when the players succeed, (owners) succeed.”
Earlier in the day, Oakley made veiled comments to Sports Illustrated comparing Dolan to Sterling, who was forced to sell the Clippers in 2014 after he made racist comments that were caught on tape.
When pressed on the comparison, Oakley told SI, "This man's been around for a long time. I ain't heard nothing good about him."
Sterling went on to defend Dolan's actions in the wake of the Feb. 8 incident that saw Knicks security escort Oakley from a game at Madison Square Garden. Dolan banned Oakley from future Knicks games, but changed his mind on Monday after a meeting with Oakley and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
“I think Dolan’s a terrific owner. I really do,” Sterling told the Daily News. “He does the best he can do, and unfortunately sometimes a player misunderstands. I was an owner for 33 years, and sometimes players misunderstand.
Sterling's advice? Everyone needs to move on.
“I don’t think this conflict benefits anybody," he said. "I don’t think it benefits the league, and I don’t think it benefits (Oakley), and it’s not really good for the owner. What’s the point? What’s the purpose? Is there a purpose?”