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Charles Oakley
Charles Oakley
Position: None
Born: 12/18/63
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
With next year’s all-star game being held in Toronto, Oakley plans on attending, likely in some promotional capacity with the club. “It’s going to be great,’’ Oakley enthused. “I tell everybody how great Toronto is, how clean it is. It’s New York, only there’s less crime.” One night isn’t enough to honour Oakley and his impact with the Raptors, but it’s a night that was well deserved. To cap it off, it was Charles Oakley bobble head night. Asked if he ever envisioned a bobble head occasion, it was typical Oak-speak. “I got a head.”
via Toronto Sun
“I asked the commissioner (Adam Silver) to set up a meeting with (Dolan), make a step forward,” said Oakley. “I want to know what I did to be hated so bad by an owner. The dad (Charles Dolan), I never heard him say nothing bad about me. I asked players I played with to go talk with (Dolan). He said he don’t want to deal with me.” Oakley said Knicks fans are the ones hurting these days, because Dolan’s product stinks and fans are “paying their money to watch” terrible basketball. “It’s all gimme basketball now,” said Oakley. “One guy can’t make a team better. We had a lot of high IQ guys playing. There’s no leaders. When I was here I treated people with respect,” said Oakley. “How can I be that bad?”
via New York Daily News
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Oakley has an interesting theory. He believes in order to globalize the league, ex-commissioner David Stern had to change the rules to make the NBA more inviting for European players. While the rule changes to increase scoring were effective, they made the league less physical. “When we played in the ’80s, it wasn’t OK [for European players to play in the NBA],” Oakley said. “They weren’t coming over here. They were scared. The game was tough and they weren’t tough. Back then it was 1 percent and now it’s 40 percent and it’s going to keep going up. The dollar is international now. I don’t like 7-footers shooting threes, it’s a disrespect to the game for me. Dirk [Nowitzki] is good, point blank. [Larry] Bird got away with it. A few guys can get away with it because they can flat-out shoot.”
via Boston Globe