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Chris Childs Says Knicks Didn’t Invite Him to 98-99 Team Reunion Because He Supports Oakley
The 1998-1999 season was a short one in the NBA because of the lockout, as each team only played 50 games during that regular season.
This was also the last time the New York Knicks were in the NBA Finals, ultimately losing to the San Antonio Spurs in 5 games. The Knicks plan on honoring that 98-99 team on April 2nd with one significant person missing from the squad: Chris Childs.
The Knicks Blog spoke to Childs and here is his theory about why he didn’t get an invite.
“I have no idea. I talked to John Starks (whose role is listed as Alumni Relations and Fan Development Advisor) the other day. Allan Houston, Kurt Thomas, and Larry Johnson all have my number. It might have to do with me supporting Charles Oakley. “
“Oak is my teammate. I would have stood up for any of my teammates. We all went through so much together and maintain friendships. It’s just a natural reaction you would have if something was going on with one of your teammates,” the longtime key reserve explained. “I think Doc Rivers even said the same thing. He wanted to run down there. It’s just a natural reaction.”
Charles Oakley has been feuding with Knicks owner James Dolan for years. It got put into the public eye when Oakley was physically carried out of MSG after getting into a physical confrontation with security during a game.