Charles Oakley to host strip club party steps from MSG
Charles Oakley is back on the hardwood.
The headstrong Knicks legend is celebrating a whole new kind of March Madness — and it’ll take place on a dance floor.
The former power forward has signed on to host a March 23 party at Headquarters Gentlemen’s Club. The W. 38th St. jiggle joint is located less than a mile from Madison Square Garden, which will be emptier than usual on that night as the Knicks have a date with the Trail Blazers in Portland.
“He’s going to hang out, take pictures, sign balls — it is March Madness,” says a club rep, who confirms the visit. “His website is all about food and cooking, so that’s probably what he’ll talk about most.”
We’re told that Oakley is expected to arrive at 10 p.m. and stay until 1 a.m.
Knicks fans can meet Charles Oakley when he holds court at a West Chelsea strip club on March 23.
Oakley, a bruising 6-feet-9 all-star forward who spent 19 years in the NBA, was tossed from the audience during a nationally televised game at the Garden last month amid an ongoing feud with Knicks owner James Dolan. The media heir took over the once-proud organization in 1999.
We’re told that Headquarters started pursuing Oakley to host a party there “literally the day after that kerfuffle happened.”
Following that incident, Oak Tree, as he’s known, was briefly “banned” from the arena, where he gave his blood, sweat and tears to the Knicks during their 1988-through-1998 heyday. The team had been a perennial playoff contender during Oakley’s tenure. They lost in the NBA Finals during Dolan’s inaugural year and have since become a league-wide laughingstock.
Oakley did manage to catch a Knicks game over the weekend — but not at MSG. On Sunday, he sat courtside at Barclays Center in Brooklyn with rapper Ice Cube as the Nets, who have the worst record in the NBA, trounced his former team. “I have nothing to say about the Knicks,” said Oakley. He left the stadium three minutes before that game officially ended and with the Knicks trailing by double digits.
With Brian Niemietz