Charles Oakley has found himself in the news a lot lately, and it is hasn’t all been good publicity. It started in the middle of last season when he was forcibly removed from Madison Square Garden after a run-in with security personnel. After months of deliberation, the Knicks announced last week that he’s been banned from entering the arena for one year, which is something he surprisingly seemed pretty stoic about.
Maybe that’s because he’s turned most of his attention to the BIG3 tournament, where he is a player/coach for the Killer 3s. His involvement in Ice Cube’s new three-on-three league has also yielded some pretty entertaining incidences of trash talk with teammate Stephen Jackson.
Now, it appears Oak will switch hats this weekend at the event in Los Angeles and suit up for the games.
At age 53, it’s questionable just how effective the former Knicks legend can actually be, especially considering that most of the players involved are taking it pretty seriously, but we’re all absolutely here for it. There’s quite a bit of novelty already in store for fans this weekend at Staples Center, where Ice Cube and the inimitable Ball family patriarch LaVar are set to square off in a four-point shooting contest.