At least Knicks branding consultant Steve Stoute did something good for his notorious ESPN appearance on Tuesday.
Stoute confirmed a January 26 post report that he plans to bring Charles Oakley back into the garden and end his feud with James Dolan.
"Charles Oakley is a very dear friend of mine," said Stoute during his controversial appearance. "I've known Charles since I was 21 years old. I didn't like what happened, what happened. I wish it could be different. I have a job now. My job today is to do some of the things of the past repair and clean up that were wrong. "
Stoute, the entertainment mogul, referred to an incident in 2017 in which security guards threw him out of the garden and arrested him.
"As a New York fan, as a friend of Charles Oakley, as part of the Knicks organization, I would of course like to see that it wears off and brings it back," said Stoute. “Charles Oakley is a very big part of New York. It is a substance of what the New York Knicks have stood for for many years – this tenacity, ingenuity, all necessary attitudes. "
Oakley participated in the Knicks podcast of the New York Post in October, giving hope of reconciliation.
"We have to wait and see. We still have some things to work out," Oakley said to "Big Apple Buckets." "I'm always ready to work things out because I'm such a guy. But I don't know if the door is open. Sometimes opening the door doesn't mean you can come in. I have to wait and see. "
Stoute's appearance at ESPN ended up not going well when he accidentally fired interim coach Mike Miller, saying that a new coaching staff would be brought in to help his young players become superstars. The Knicks issued a reprimand that Stoute did not speak for basketball operations.