HoopsHype Charles Oakley rumors

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Bernard King once made the adjustment from West to East when he joined the Knicks in 1982. And he thrived. So the former Knicks super star forward was dumb founded when he read Charles Oakley's comments in The Post that Amar'e Stoudemire won't be able to hack it with the Knicks because he's "a West Coast player" and his body won't hold up in the physical East. "I would not ad dress what Oakley said, those are his comments," King told The Post last night during an appearance at Steiner Sports in a Long Island mall. "I joined New York after leaving the Golden State Warriors. I played out West for two years. I was one of the top 10 players in the league and the East was a more physical conference. My game did suffer for it from injuries, but I became a better player in the East -- first-team All-Pro, MVP voted by the players. New York Post

October 16, 2011 Updates

Charles Oakley hopes to see the Knicks return to the heights they reached in the 1990s, when he and Patrick Ewing patrolled the paint at Madison Square Garden. But Oakley isn’t convinced the team’s current power forward, Amar’e Stoudemire, is the man to get them there. “Amar’e’s good, he’s good in his way,” Oakley said yesterday at the launch of his clothing collection at K1X’s store in SoHo. “He’s a West Coast player trying to translate to the East Coast. And the longer he plays in the East, the more his body’s gonna get damaged, because he’s got to take a beating now.” New York Post

Not surprisingly, Oakley, who established his tough-guy reputation by playing defense and grabbing rebounds, is not a fan of Mike D’Antoni’s run-and-gun system. “I don’t think [it can be successful], but that’s his coaching style,” Oakley said. “They knew when they signed him. ... When you go buy a Bentley, you know it’s not a Volkswagen. When they signed him, they knew what they were getting. “That conversation should be dead, because it’s a West Coast offense playing in a hard-nosed city. “You always give somebody a chance to prove themselves. I mean, this is his fourth year. He’s had a lot of time. ... I think it’s just more half-court offense, and they need the big, tough guy. He don’t want to play that way, but finesse, it’s not gonna work.” New York Post

Oakley also didn’t mince his words about the organization in general. He has been at odds with the Knicks for some time, feeling he and close friend and former teammate Ewing have been disrespected. “[The Knicks] don’t want nothing to do with me,” said Oakley, who played for the Knicks from 1988-98. “I don’t know why. I tried to deal with them on several occasions. I’m not gonna keep trying. “They don’t like Patrick, either. They won’t give Patrick a job, so I know they won’t give me a job. Patrick should have a job before anyone. He’s probably the best guy since [Walt] Frazier, [Earl] Monroe ... he’s the main guy on the list.” New York Post

Yet Oakley said he still would welcome the opportunity to return to the organization if one presented itself. “My door is always open to the Knicks,” he said. “I tell them all the time. They said something about I told LeBron to go to Miami. I was like, ‘You all have to be one of the craziest organizations in the world.’ “Y’all should have tried to call me and talk to me, and maybe we could have gotten LeBron to New York. You went to Isiah [Thomas], and some of these other guys that don’t know the guy.” New York Post

October 15, 2011 Updates

Teams often have shootarounds one after the other on the same court. That’s not always a good idea. The day of the 1997-98 opener at the Forum, Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal greeted Utah center Greg Ostertag with a slap between shootarounds. Ostertag, who was knocked to the floor, had noted earlier he believed Shaq could be stopped. He wasn’t that time. Three years later, Toronto forward Charles Oakley punched Los Angeles Clippers guard Jeff McInnis between shootarounds. The dispute, which legend has it was over a woman, led to Oakley being suspended for three games without pay and fined $15,000. Later in the 2000-01 season, Oakley was suspended for one game and fined $10,000 for hitting Philadelphia forward Tyrone Hill in the head with a basketball between shootarounds. That apparently was for Hill failing to pay him for a gambling debt. FOXSports Florida

August 9, 2011 Updates

Former Knicks forward Charles Oakley claims his celebrity status has nothing to do with him not getting arrested after a poolside brawl at a Las Vegas Strip casino last year. Oakley is suing the Aria hotel-casino and its security guards because he claims the guards beat him last year after he tried to enter a VIP pool area. The MGM Resorts International casino and several of its employees countersued Oakley last month, saying he started the tussle but avoided criminal charges because he’s famous. Oakley’s lawyers countered in a court filing Friday that the retired basketball player didn’t commit a crime. New York Post

Oakley claims he was at the pool with a group of friends and business associates when he briefly left. As he tried to return to the party, he claims Aria’s security guards stopped him, prompting an argument between Oakley and the hotel staff. Oakley said he consequently left the pool and was returning to his room when he was attacked by at least five security guards in a “gang style beat down,” according to the lawsuit. The complaint contends the officers wrestled Oakley to the ground and punched and handcuffed him, and that he was taken to the hospital with injuries to his neck, back, head and wrist, “all or some of which may be permanent and disabling.” New York Post

July 15, 2011 Updates

A group of security officers countersued retired NBA "enforcer" Charles Oakley on Monday, charging he has assaulted Las Vegas casino workers at least three times since 2005 – but has repeatedly avoided arrest because of his celebrity VIP status. The officers and the Aria hotel-casino were sued by Oakley on May 12 in Clark County District Court over a 2010 altercation, and on Monday the officers and the casino filed their first response to Oakley's lawsuit. The officers' counterclaim is part of that response. Oakley's suit charged that while visiting Aria on the Las Vegas Strip in May 2010, the former power forward was injured by the officers after a verbal dispute with casino personnel escalated into the officers attacking him without cause. Vegas Inc

A group of Las Vegas security officers are countersuing Oakley, seeking damages of at least $20,000 for a May 2010 incident — during which Jermaine O’Neal was reportedly present — that they claim was the third of a series of assaults by Oakley on Vegas casino employees since 2005, according to business journal Vegas Inc. Oakley had sued them along with the Aria hotel and casino on May 12, claiming the officers physically attacked him following an argument at the hotel-casino’s Liquid pool. Oakley missed the final 13 games of the season with back problems he claimed stem from this incident, and the Bobcats have since hired assistant coach Rob Werdann as a potential replacement should Oakley not be able to return to the bench next season. Here’s the passage from the Vegas Inc. website that indicates the current starting Celtics center was present when the incident went down: WEEI.com

Silas said assistant coach Charles Oakley has had one operation to address the back pain he's suffered in recent months and will have another procedure this month. It's still undetermined whether Oakley will recover enough to resume coaching responsibilities. The Bobcats added another coach, Rob Werdann, who could oversee big men, as Oakley has. Charlotte Observer

June 28, 2011 Updates

The Bobcats added an assistant coach for next season on Tuesday amid concerns Charles Oakley won’t be able to return to the bench because of health issues. Coach Paul Silas announced former Golden State assistant Rob Werdann will join his staff. The former St. John’s big man who played briefly in the NBA has also been an assistant in New Orleans. “I was told they were going to add a coach and I jumped at the chance,” Werdann said. New York Post

June 4, 2011 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Charles Oakley isn't sure he'll be able to return to his job because of a painful back condition he says was caused during an assault last year in Las Vegas. Oakley has sued the Aria hotel-casino, claiming he was beaten by security guards in May 2010. Oakley said Saturday that two slipped disks from the incident led to a painful sciatic nerve condition that forced him to miss the Bobcats' final 13 games. He's still having trouble walking. CBSSports.com

May 31, 2011 Updates

Silas said assistant coach Charles Oakley's back spasms have not subsided. That could cause Oakley to need back surgery, Silas said, and it's uncertain at this point whether Oakley can return as an assistant coach. Charlotte Observer

May 14, 2011 Updates

Charles Oakley, one of the NBA's all-time tough guys and now a Charlotte Bobcats assistant, has sued a Las Vegas resort over what he calls a May 2010 "gang-style beatdown" by security guards that injured him. The Las Vegas Sun reports Oakley filed the lawsuit Thursday in Clark County District Court against the Aria hotel-casino at MGM Resorts International's CityCenter complex and five security officers. San Antonio Express-News

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