Why Lebron James refused to play for knicks: Dolan!I told him about the tragedy
That time, during the 2014 All-star Weekend in New Orleans.Oakley, James and Rich Paul met, and they met William Wesley, who is now a Knicks executive.According to Oakley, Rich Paul and Wesley appeared to have a bad relationship, with Rich Paul refusing to speak to Wesley or even shake his hand.
Later, Oakley said, “Me and Anthony Mason and Patrick Ewing were always left out by the Knicks. They never offered us any big jobs. I don’t know why, but maybe we weren’t begging like everybody else.”
In addition, Oakley said Dolan refused to shake his hand or even look up at him when he saw him.So Oakley told James, “People who don’t know think I did something to Dolan’s wife!What did I do to Dolan to make him turn his back on me like that?I don’t get it. I want to punch him in the face.”
“Remember that man?Latrell Sprewell, the guy who spent the previous five seasons with the Knicks, berated Dolan in front of the Dolans when he returned to MSG with the team in 2003, but they remained friends.”
“That’s why I’m not going to the Knicks,” James said after hearing Oakley’s story.It’s worth noting that James came very close to joining the Knicks twice in his career.One was in 2010 and the other in 2018.But that didn’t happen.
According to previous sources, James turned down the Knicks in 2018 because Jayne’s wife savannah insisted on moving to Los Angeles.However, according to Oakley’s autobiography, James’ reluctance to go to the Knicks had a lot to do with Dolan.