HoopsHype Charles Oakley rumors

April 6, 2014 Updates

Why is the league so chummy? Why is the NBA lacking the real rivalries from the ’80s and ’90s? Why has the overall level of play dipped? “I’m blaming the management, I’m not blaming the kids,” Oakley said. “I’m blaming management for drafting guys on potential. Back in our day and era, you had to have your potential and be ready to play right away. Everybody was talented. In three years, you’d be out of the league [if you didn’t perform]. Draft what you need, not what someone else said is good. “We had guys come out of high school, Moses Malone, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, but all these guys could play. It wasn’t about you’ve got to wait three or four years. That’s why Philadelphia is so bad, Sacramento, they got players but they are all young.” Boston Globe

Oakley continued his criticism of the league and its individualism. “The coaches in this league, in this day and era, are soft; the players are soft, how can you build something?” he said. “They put all these stat guys, these analytic guys, and put them on the bench and make them GM because of numbers. My thing with basketball, you’ve got to have efficiency within your structure, like San Antonio. You’ve got to have your players to buy in. That’s what wrong with the league, you’ve got guys worried about social media, my brand. You brand once you get drafted, when you win as a team, you get your brand. When your team wins, then all of those commercials will come. Everything is all about hype.” Boston Globe

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.” Boston Globe

March 14, 2014 Updates

Ex-Knick Charles Oakley is pretty familiar with Phil Jackson. He played for and against Jackson at different points in his 19-year NBA career. Oakley's well aware of Jackson's new role in New York. And the former Knicks enforcer predicts that Jackson will be a "great" addition to the franchise. "He's someone with a brand, an ex-Knicks player, 11 championships -- he's got he whole resume," Oakley said in a phone interview. "Having him is like taking a test and already having the answers. You can't go wrong when his hand is involved in what you're trying to do." ESPN.com

Oakley, though, thinks that owner James Dolan, who has a history of getting involved in his executive's basketball decisions, needs to give Jackson the "power" to shape the Knicks' roster the way he sees fit. "I think [Dolan] convinced Phil to come here [so] then to go back on what you said, it's going to look bad on Dolan's end because Phil is a guy who's got a lot of credibility and I think that the people in New York, they want something positive to happen," Oakley said. "If you sign a man for three, four, five years [and] if you tell him he's got the power and authority to make moves, I know it's tough to give someone power when you've had power for so long [and] you give it to a man whose done this and done that somewhere else. Now he comes in here and things don't start out the way you plan, you might get a little irritated, but you just have to bite you're tongue," Oakley added. "They told me many times throughout my career to bite my tongue and I told them my tongue's been bleeding since I was born." ESPN.com

March 13, 2014 Updates
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February 19, 2013 Updates

Ex-Knick Charles Oakley took another shot at Knicks brass for not hiring Patrick Ewing as an assistant coach this past offseason. “You play 15-plus years in New York,’’ Oakley said on 560 WQAM Radio in Florida, “and you get a guy like LaSalle Thompson, LJ [Larry Johnson]. These guys shouldn’t get a job before Patrick, not in New York. I don’t know what’s going on with New York.’’ Ewing, looking for a job after his Orlando stint, sat next to owner James Dolan at last Wednesday’s Knicks game against the Raptors. New York Post

January 8, 2013 Updates
November 17, 2012 Updates

The 48-year-old has heard it’s because he’s too critical of his former team — a no-no at the Garden, as Marv Albert also discovered. “They say I’m hard on them. I say, I’m not hard on them; that’s just the way the game goes and people have opinions,” Oakley said. “Ex-players I talk to, they say, ‘Management, they like you. But sometimes it’s the way you say things, the way you do things.’ New York Daily News

October 13, 2012 Updates

At 6-foot-11 and 235 pounds, he should have an easier adjustment than his predecessors. The position no longer has bruisers such as Shaquille O'Neal, Patrick Ewing or David Robinson. With the exception of Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, Bosh will face competitors who are mostly glorified power forwards. Bosh said the move is "over analyzed" because the evolution at center. "The game was different back then," he said. "The game changes every now and then. At that point, it was all about girth. You have to be big, Anthony Mason and Charles Oakley and Patrick Ewing and Vlade Divac. It's different now. The game is a lot faster. If you're big, we're going to run right by you. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 25, 2012 Updates

Surprise, surprise, the hard-headed Oakley didn't like how the "Dwightmare" played out. In a recent ESPN Radio interview, Oakley got a few digs in on Howard and took the Magic to task for their appeasement of their former franchise center. "A lot of guys cry in this league these days. I try not to get caught up in that. The management in Orlando let him get away with it. Most times, they put kids in timeout. They never put him in timeout. He just kept crying and got his way. Now he's in LA with Kobe so they got a chance to win a couple championships in the next two or three years. "They could have traded him and got something better for him last year. I think they just tried to play along. They just pleased him anyway they could but he never did anything to please them." CBSSports.com

August 17, 2012 Updates

Oakley also addressed the most-recent “who’s better” debate that has emerged after LeBron James helped lead Miami to the NBA title and Team USA to the gold medal. Following the Olympics, Syracuse head coach and U.S. assistant coach Jim Boeheim said James is the best player he has ever seen play, including Michael Jordan. “I don’t know why they started this. Jordan had six rings, LeBron has one. Jordan has six Finals MVPs, LeBron has one,” Oakley said. “I think the better comparison is Kobe Bryant. “They weren’t even talking about this a year ago. LeBron wasn’t in the picture last year, but now that he’s won a title and a gold medal he is? It’s just more hardware, it doesn’t change the field.” New York Post

May 3, 2012 Updates
February 27, 2012 Updates

So 20 years later Charles Oakley still holds a grudge? Charles Barkley: “Yeah I think so. First of all I want to give Kenny [Smith]…Kenny is wrong. We won 5 Emmy’s. [Host: Charles Oakley said you guys are a bunch of clowns. He says you are a fraud. What does that even mean?] I don’t even know what that means either. First of all I don’t take it personally. My job is to give my opinion. I don’t think everybody is going to like us, but listen I am going to do my thing. I am going to be honest and straightforward, but I don’t go crazy if people don’t like me. I don’t like him [Charles Oakley] going after Kenny and Ernie [Johnson] because they are both great, but if he don’t like the show I am not going to sweat it.” Sports Radio Interviews

So is this beef with you on or off the court for Charles Oakley? Who holds a 20-year grudge for an on the court thing? “Thank you. Thank you very much. I am glad you mentioned that. Dude we got into an altercation in 1994. It’s over with. We don’t even play anymore. I have been retired for 12 years. I mean we’ve never had an issue off the court, but we did have a little altercation back in the mid 1990′s, but dude I have been retired for 12 years. It’s over with. Let it go.” Sports Radio Interviews

February 22, 2012 Updates

On Barkley: Barkley for his size was a good player but he's a coward though....he wasn't a leader and wasn't a role model. Now he talks so bad about younger guys, I don't respect that from him…He's wants to be funny, that whole TNT thing and all that, they're like some clowns on that show. On Perkins: He's just like Garnett. They holler and complain. If Kendrick Perkins would play basketball, Oklahoma City would win a championship the next three or four years…you're a power forward, you don't let guys dunk on you. I played 18, 19 years I got dunked on 3 times..." USA Today

December 2, 2011 Updates

The Bobcats made it official Thursday that Charles Oakley has left the coaching staff. The announcement didn't mention Oakley's health issues, but a bad back forced him to leave the team last season. Charlotte Observer

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