In wake of the revelation made by Charles Oakley that the Garden offered to retire his No. 34 as a peace offering, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said several players from the great 1990s teams should get the honor.
“In terms [of] Oak and those guys, I love the ’90s teams, so I’m for all those guys having their jerseys retired,” said Thibodeau, who was an assistant coach on coach Jeff Van Gundy’s staff from 1996-2000. Thibodeau stayed on until 2003 after Van Gundy quit.
Thibodeau was likely referring most to ’90s stalwarts Oakley, John Starks, Allan Houston, Latrell Sprewell and Larry Johnson. Patrick Ewing’s No. 33 already is in the rafters.
The Knicks have been stingy when it comes to retiring their players’ numbers for posterity. Hanging in the Garden rafters are the numbers of the elite contributors who have won a Knicks championship and the guy considered the greatest player in their history — Ewing.
Oakley claimed that during conciliatory talks with the Knicks sometime after his 2017 ejection incident, team ownership offered to retire his No. 34 in a ceremony.
Oakley said he declined.
“They came to me and said they were going to retire my jersey, do this and do that,” Oakley said on James Posey’s podcast, “The Posecast,” in February. “And I’m like, ‘Nah, you can’t buy me that easy. If you retire the jersey, that benefits you, that ain’t benefitting me.’ ”
Oakley said he…