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NBA legend Charles Oakley instructs Knicks ‘to do something’ about Joel Embiid’s on-court antics

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Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley did not shy away from sharing his feelings about reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid. 

The 76ers center scored 50 points to propel Philadelphia to a 125-114 victory over the Knicks in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. But Oakley seemed to take issue with Embiid’s behavior.

“They’ve got to do something about it,” Oakley told Newsday. “I wouldn’t be shaking their hands before the game when they play, friends or no friends. I wouldn’t shake Embiid’s hand or anyone’s hand. We are on a mission.”

Embiid has faced some criticism for his role in multiple eyebrow-raising moments throughout the playoff series with the Knicks.


He was called for a flagrant foul in the first quarter of Game 3. He fell to the ground as the Knicks were moving the ball around and then grabbed Mitchell Robinson’s legs while he was on the floor. Robinson was trying to go up for a shot and came down awkwardly.


The 76ers star was not ejected. Robinson later left the game with an ankle injury.

Embiid also struck Robinson in the groin when the Knicks center went up for a shot later in the game.

Joel Embiid looks on during a game

Oakley suggested Embiid’s antics would have been answered if he was still an NBA player.

“I probably would have smacked him,” Oakley added of Embiid. “You can’t let him send that kind of message. If he had done something like that [when I played], he would not have gotten away with it. David Robinson, when he played, he knew what he could get away with. They [bullies] pick a fight they think they are going to win.”

The Knicks have a 2-1 series lead. The Sixers host the Knicks for Game 4 Sunday.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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