HoopsHype Charles Oakley rumors

May 7, 2011 Updates
April 7, 2011 Updates

Charles Oakley, one of the NBA's all-time tough guys, doesn't want to talk about his excruciating back pain. "I'm good," the Charlotte Bobcats assistant said recently before brushing off further questions. Yet one quick look at Oakley shows he's not. He hasn't returned to the bench since having to be carried from the court before a game in San Antonio last month with a sciatic nerve problem that's made it difficult to walk. "He's not doing too good right now," Bobcats coach Paul Silas said Thursday. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The 47-year-old Oakley is the latest example of an NBA coach walking the fine line of teaching from the sidelines and hands-on instruction. There's plenty of other harsh examples, ranging from Patrick Ewing's broken foot to Nate McMillan's ruptured Achilles' tendon to the sight of Bobcats owner Michael Jordan icing both knees after practicing with his team. "It catches up with you. I've been through that. You forget," said Golden State coach Keith Smart, who when he was an assistant regularly banged with players. "It gets to the point where your body tells you that can't do it anymore but your mind tells you that you can. So you start having the pains players are having, but you're older." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

March 27, 2011 Updates

Charles Oakley , the NBA 's toughest assistant coach, has been troubled by a back injury that caused him to miss the last three games, including last night's game against the Knicks . Oakley, 47, who joined the Charlotte staff when Paul Silas took over for Larry Brown on Dec. 22, suffered the injury -- a sciatic nerve irritation -- while working out his team's big men before the March 19 game in San Antonio . Newsday

"It's important because not too many coaches do that," Silas said. "Players have all the power and I think they're kind of afraid to confront them and make them adhere to the principles that you're putting out there. Oak, in no uncertain terms, lets them know. "He's had it out with a few guys here," Silas added. "He gains their respect, and that's what's most important." Newsday

A few minutes after going into the Bobcats’ locker room Jordan emerges to shake my hand as I stand in the hallway talking to Charles Oakley, another of Jordan’s longtime friends and former teammates who is a Bobcats assistant coach. “He’s a good guy,” Oakley is saying as MJ steps up behind him. Jordan smiles and tells me that if Oakley can just get 10 rebounds a night, then he’ll come back to the game and score big. “If he can get 10, I can get 20,” he says gamely. He’s kidding, of course. If only if were that easy. No, Jordan well knows he’s facing a long, narrow path to success, one where respect is won one step at a time. HoopsHype

March 14, 2011 Updates

Darren Andrade: Charles Oakley with some words for Reggie Evans on that air ball buzzer-beater attempt. Oakley: "That was some bullshit you put up there." Twitter

February 1, 2011 Updates
January 12, 2011 Updates

"Tom's just a feisty guy," Oakley said. "He made sure the drills and situations were right. He got the right head for a head coach. I'm glad he got a chance. I know he will put his work in and give his team a chance. "The Bulls are well-coached. You got probably the best post-up in the East in (Carlos) Boozer and the best point guard in (Derrick) Rose. The Bulls are going to be a top-four seed. I think they will beat Atlanta out. Atlanta is playing good now. But once Noah comes back, the Bulls can pass them. "Boston is dying down a little because of (Kevin) Garnett. The game has a little more speed now. They say Boston is getting ready for the playoffs. But it's a long way from the playoffs." Chicago Tribune

December 27, 2010 Updates

The Bobcats named Ralph Lewis, Charles Oakley and Stephen Silas as assistant coaches. Lewis played professionally for 10 years, including three seasons in the NBA. He was an assistant with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma Thunder from 2005 to 2009. Previously, he coached the Huntsville Flight in the NBA Development League. Charlotte Observer

December 24, 2010 Updates

Interim Paul Silas is being permitted to assemble his own aides, as long as he hires Jordan's partners in pleasure and punishment. Charles Oakley already is on board. Wide World Wes and cherished au pair re Ahmad Rashard can't be far behind. New York Post

December 23, 2010 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Charles Oakley had been telling league friends that PJ Brown and Muggsy Bogues were joining staff too, but it doesn't appear to be the case. Twitter

Now, Silas comes back to the bench, and one of the owner’s old buddies, Charles Oakley, is expected to join him, two league sources said. This coaching staff won’t win all of its games, but it won’t lose any fights. On his way out, Brown gave Jordan this advice, a source said: Make sure you hire coaches that are your friends, because it won’t work anyway else with you. Oakley was telling friends on Wednesday that he planned to toughen up that Charlotte frontline, and no doubt that’s what Jordan wants out of him. Yahoo! Sports

December 22, 2010 Updates

Charles Oakley on whether or not he likes Isaiah Thomas: “I have nothing against Isaiah but he made a lot of comments about the Knicks in the old days. He’s a great player, just like (Charles) Barkley’s a great player, but he’s an asshole. My thing is, when Barkley played basketball, he didn’t practice, he wasn’t a leader, he wasn’t this or that, he just had natural talent so he got chosen to the Dream Team, All Star team because he had the talent and he was the franchise player on the team. Him criticizing all those other guys, he did the same thing when he was young. As soon as they do something wrong, he criticizes them, that’s wrong. He wasn’t real to the game. Let the guys speak out who are real to the game. He talks like a player and I will give him that, but for him to comment about this and being a professional, he wasn’t all that.” Sports Radio Interviews

December 21, 2010 Updates

Charles Oakley on people in New York being mad at him for his comments about the Knicks: “You know what? If they’re mad at me then they can be mad at me. I’m not going to apologize. I’m a grown man, I do grown things, they know how I roll, I’m gonna keep rolling the way I roll, they know me, I speak the truth, I’m about the truth, and I’m not a bullshitter. If they’re mad at me, they can stay mad at me. I’m not going to apologize if they’re mad at me because I didn’t make the decision for LeBron. Lebron made his own decision. He’s a grown man and I’m a grown man. I respect his decision. There’s a lot of ex-players that are hating on him but when you get a chance to be in one place for eight years and you’re not winning, hey I’m gonna go out to if I’m a superstar and got a chance. He didn’t ask to be traded and his contract was up so he had the freedom to do what he wanted to do.” Sports Radio Interviews

But you never told LeBron that: “My thing is, I’ll be real with people and if you’re a sports guy and ask me something, know what you’re talking about when you’re talking with me because I’m gonna expose you because I’m not a bullshitter. I know what I’m talking about. If somebody told you something and you take it and run with it you don’t know facts. If you don’t know facts you shouldn’t even interview me because I’m gonna expose you because its bullshit. It is what it is.” Sports Radio Interviews

November 16, 2010 Updates

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